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Video surfaces, rally planned for Saturday

January 3, 2013

STEUBENVILLE —A video some say is tied to the upcoming rape trial of two city high school student-athletes went viral Wednesday, just as a planned rally about the trial scheduled for noon Saturday......

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Chris1963

Jan-03-13 11:37 AM

Abdalla says, ""It's not about standing up for justice any more," Abdalla continued. "They could care less about the victim. To paint a whole community as corrupt because two people made a terrible mistake is just wrong."

I have said before and I will say again Rape is not a mistake. A mistake is forgetting to stop and get milk on your way home. Rape is an INTENTIONAL act of force.

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SNAPJudy

Jan-03-13 2:21 PM

This video is despicable and disgusting, our hearts go out to the young girl and her family.

We call on the school board to suspend Coach Saccoccia for his behavior. The fact that he has refused to take any real disciplinary steps towards the football players that either witnessed or in some way abetted the alleged rape is disturbing, and his treatment of the New York Times journalist who spoke to him about the case is frightening. His actions are indicative of someone who cares more about their win-loss record than about the young people they are supposed to be improving.

We also urge the school board to examine the actions of Superintendent Michael McVey and Principal Shawn Crosier. We are disappointed that they left all disciplinary decisions up to Coach Saccoccia, and the fact that they failed to follow up with any of the students in attendance at the party where the alleged rape occurred is distressing.

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SNAPJudy

Jan-03-13 2:22 PM

This sad case has all the tell tale signs of an attempted cover-up, and our hearts ache for the victim in this case who has been subjected to undue scrutiny and blame. We hope that the added attention on Steubenville High School will result in justice for the victim, repercussions for the alleged rapists, and accountability for Steubenville officials.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail****, "SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word priest in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, teachers, Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like orphanages, summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc."

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SNAPJudy

Jan-03-13 5:38 PM

Since these boys took nude photos of the young girl without her permission, and sent them over the internet, that might legally constitute child ****. We hope federal law enforcement will consider getting involved.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail****, "SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word priest in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, teachers, Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like orphanages, summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc."

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realityone

Jan-04-13 8:07 AM

So the national spotlight is shining brightly on Abdalla's little hicktown -- aka Mobsterville. And all he can do is stick up for the cretins who perpetrated this atrocity? Every person in the Ohio Valley should storm the Jefferson County courthouse and DEMAND justice. These thugs should be put away for a very, very long time.

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