Online Outrage Forces Attorney to Drop Contempt Charges Against Teen Rape Victim
We were horrified to tell you yesterday about Savannah Dietrich, a 17-year-old Kentucky girl who was facing jail time for tweeting the names of the two young men who raped her and shared photographs of the brutal assault with friends.
After a Kentucky judge allowed the two rapists to accept a plea bargain, reduced charges, and a much lighter sentence, Dietrich was victimized all over again when Judge Dee McDonald ordered her to never speak of the case again.
Frustrated, Dietrich broke the court’s gag order and identified the two men on Twitter for all the world to know, which prompted David Mejia, an attorney representing the men, to file contempt charges against Dietrich.
When the world learned that this young lady was now facing 180 days in jail for saying the names of the men that raped and humiliated her, we freaked the hell out.
Close to 40,000 people signed the petition to have contempt charges dropped that I shared on UB yesterday, bringing the total to well over 100,000. BAM!
“The horse is out of the barn,” he said. “Nothing is bringing it back.”
Chris Klein, an attorney for one of the boys, said publicizing their names may create problems for them in the future.
Klein said it’s possible, but unlikely, that prosecutors would make the same contempt charge against Dietrich. Both sides will still be bound by the confidentiality of the juvenile court proceedings.
Yes, I imagine that future employers, lovers, roommates, and landlords will very interested to learn that these two men raped a teenage girl. But you know what? They raped a teenage girl! And then posted pictures of the attack online!
We have zero sympathy for these men or their attorneys.
In any case, THANK YOU UB readers. 30,000 of you read our post and shared the petition. This is very much a case of Savannah Dietrich not being able to do it without you.