If the release of a remorseless Stanford rapist, Brock Turner, from jail — after serving only three months out of a nine-month jail sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster in 2015 — outraged you.
If the news of a Canadian judge faulting a 19-year-old rape victim for not doing enough to defend herself during the sexual assault — asking her questions like: “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together? Why didn’t you just sink your bottom down into the basin so he couldn’t penetrate you?” — offended you; then probably the impending 16-year jail term for 29-year-old Deric Lostutter — an anonymous computer hacker who helped expose the atrocious 2012 Steubenville gang rape of a 16-year-old girl — will move you to do something about the growing rape culture and judiciary’s failure to adequately sentence rapists.
If you doubt it is a “rape culture” – I suggest you watch the #Steudenville videos, you will be horrified.
— 3XT1 AJ Bains #slave (@3XT1) September 9, 2016
On the night of August 11, 2012 a heavily drunk high-school girl was raped at a party by several members of a local football team. The victim didn’t even know the full extent of the assault, until she saw videos and photos of the cruel act all over social media the next day. On August 22, only two players — Trent Mays and Ma’Lik Richmond — were arrested on charges of rape and kidnapping, though the kidnapping charges were later dropped.
From a local controversy, the gang rape turned into an all-out Internet crusade and made national headlines with high-level cover-ups, prosecutors colluding with coaches, and hackers leaking the evidences that led to the conviction of the two football players.
As a leading member of hacking group KnightSec, KYAnonymous (Lostutter’s alter ego) approached fellow hacker Noah McHugh (who went by the username JustBatCat on Twitter) to hack into RollRedRoll.com (the Steubenville High School sports fan website) to expose the cover-up by school administrators, as well as reveal the identities of other high-schoolers, as seen in the videos circulated on social media.
Between December 21 and December 25, 2012, the duo hacked RollRedRoll.com, posted a video showing several of its students joking about the rape victim – referring to her as “the dead girl” – and threatened to disclose details of the school faculty members and parents involved in covering up the gang rape, if the “rape crew” didn’t come forward and apologize.
After their video brought the Steubenville rape to the national attention, social media posts along with text messages, Smartphone videos and photos, and eye witnesses’ testimony provided enough evidence against the rapists.
On March 17, 2013, Mays and Richmond were convicted of the rape of a minor; while Richmond was back to playing football a