The Steubenville football team rape case has taken a dark turn after a video leaked by the a hacktivist group allegedly shows high school students laughing about the sexual assault of a young girl.
The video was leaked by a subset of the group Anonymous calling itself “Knight Sec” and shows a teen making jokes about an event that happened on August 22. The video puts a new twist on a case that has rocked a small Ohio football town and been reported around the world.
From The Huffington Post:
“Months later, what exactly happened in Steubenville, Ohio, is still being pieced together. Few witnesses have stepped forward to talk about the parties where the underage girl, who was from a neighboring town, was allegedly transported, assaulted and photographed by athletes from local Steubenville High.”
The New York Times went into further detail of the Steubenville case, documenting how Twitter posts, videos, and photographs from a nightlong set of parties suggested that an unconscious girl was sexually assaulted over the course of hours, and my have even been urinated on.
In the new video, a teen appears to refer to the victim as “deader than” Trayvon Martin,” later saying, “she is so raped her p**s is about as dry as the sun right now.”
Local police responded to the video. Steubenville Police Chief Bill McCafferty released a statement Wednesday saying that the police department has been aware of the video and interviewed the person who made it. The Steubenville rape video has also been turned over to prosecutors from the Ohio Attorney Generals Office.
Two football players, Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, have already been charged with rape and kidnapping in the case, though Anonymous wants to see more players brought to justice and claims more than just the two charged were involved.
Anonymous has claimed that there is a coverup in the Steubenville rape case, done in an effort to protect the town’s Big Red football team that has won three state titles since 2006. The Anonymous splinter group Knight Sec even created a website that contains the names of football players who may have seen or participated in the rape.
Here is the video of the teenagers allegedly discussing the Steubenville rape case. It contains graphic language: