#OccupySteubenville rape protest casts Anonymous in new role, but what’s behind the masks?

https://twitter.com/SteveHuff/status/287624301438459904

A second “Occupy Steubenville” rally held today in Ohio to demand action in an ongoing rape controversy certainly presents an unusual paradox. While those suspected of being complicit in the rape of a 16-year-old girl in August are well-known members of the community, many of the protestors have disguised themselves in the Guy Fawkes masks associated with the Anonymous movement, which specializes in computer hacking and operates under the chilling motto, “We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.” So … these are the good guys?

https://twitter.com/Asher_Wolf/status/287601645410480128

https://twitter.com/KYAnonymous/status/287650935939936256

As the case stands now, two 16-year-old boys, Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, were arrested and charged and face a Juvenile Court trial Feb. 13. Why the protests, then? (The first Occupy Steubenville rally was held Dec. 29.) Many in the community allege a cover-up and insist that more boys were involved but were protected because they are noted athletes at Steubenville High. Others question the judgment of the 16-year-old victim, who was reportedly in a state of blackout intoxication.

https://twitter.com/sickjew/status/287646715752873984

Outside observers such as Roseanne Barr, who has been a vocal supporter of Anonymous (and recently had changed her Twitter avatar to a Guy Fawkes mask with Roseanne features), say that racism is a factor in the arrests.

http://twitter.com/TheRealRoseanne/statuses/287349897034866688

Finally, add into the mix the element of social media, through which the early stages of the case played out in public. Mays’ “before and after” tweets from August, for example, look like this.

https://twitter.com/TrentMays_12/status/234460578410811392

https://twitter.com/TrentMays_12/status/235153816859844608

https://twitter.com/shane10008/status/287291333905883136

The case eventually caught the attention of Occupy, and like it or not, the vast attention given to the group by the media and by politicians like Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama helped give the group a powerful brand to leverage. Fundraising by “Occupy Sandy” in response to the superstorm which devastated parts of New York and New Jersey was an early attempt by Occupy to show its influence in other areas. But among those tools that groups like Anonymous employ is hacking. A site run by a Steubenville football booster called “Roll Red Roll” was hacked, and its owner now says on the site’s home page that it was hacked “simply to get attention and terrorize the Steubenville community.”

It certainly did get attention, and while many mainstream media outlets (with the exception of the New York Times) have overlooked the case, it has attracted enough of a spotlight online that the city and its police department have launched a website called Steubenville Facts. So while groups like Anonymous have leaked a disturbing YouTube video of students mocking the victim, the police are countering from their own perspective, noting that “nothing in Ohio’s criminal statutes makes it a crime for someone to ridicule a rape victim on a video” and that police “are often frustrated when they emotionally want to hold people accountable for certain detestable behavior but realize that there is no statute that allows a criminal charge to be made.”

https://twitter.com/countrygirlrf/status/287605317850771456

https://twitter.com/tadaitsangie/status/287606071089037313

Sporadic leaks from a mostly disinterested media further complicate matters.

https://twitter.com/cnnross/statuses/287364339751612416

So even though suspects are in custody and a trial is scheduled, rallies such as the one today show that the public is hungry for more — but what? The fact that so many among that crowd are wearing the masks of a group known for hacking calls into question just to whom the police in Steubenville are considered accountable. Further, it leaves us wondering what cause will capture the attention of Occupy and Anonymous next — especially if those demanding a fair trial for the guilty aren’t satisfied with the results.

http://twitter.com/TheRealRoseanne/statuses/287004803949813760

https://twitter.com/KYAnonymous/status/287323878420799488

https://twitter.com/jashsf/status/287679886540279808

  • Guest

    While I disagree with A LOT of what Annonymous does, they have recently taken on some very worthwhile topics. First and foremost, online pedophiles. They’ve even started a separate twitter acct just for that, @ReportAPedo. And just recently @YourAnonNews made me aware of the incident in Kasturba Nagar, India. As I said, I DON’T agree with all they do, but when they’re on the right side of an argument, you’re going to love the results.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      The degree of violation may be different, but going into computers of other people and organizations is legally about the same as trespassing or breaking and entering. If E-vigilantism is going to be ok, I’d like the go-ahead to mete out corporal punishment as I see fit.

      • Guest

        I don’t give a rats ass for the “rights” of a pedophile or rapist. I have had a close friend that was a victim and if I could have gotten my hands around that piece of craps neck I would have tortured him until he begged for death. Then I would have tortured him some more. I don’t have compassion for sub-human scum, that’s God’s department.

        • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

          If you’re going to kill them yourself, that’s yours to deal with. If you’re going to put them through the legal system, you can’t have every hacker doing what they want to get evidence thrown out by slime ball ACLU types.

          One word of advice. If you’re going to seek your own revenge, don’t make public statements about it. Just do it.

        • ProgTrog

          What about the rights of an innocent person accused of pedophilia or rape? Do you care about them? Or are people automatically guilty of something just because what they’re accused of is really,really,bad?

          They had a system sort of like that in America once, in Salem, Massachusetts-way back in the day. Worked out real well for the 12 year old little girls they hanged for bewitching the neighbor’s cattle.

          I don’t care about the rights of pedophiles or rapists either, but I don’t have a mobile crime lab parked in my garage. I do have a soul,though, and I’d feel pretty bad about strangling a person to death because someone lied about them.

    • http://www.shockandblog.com/ Jay McHue

      You know, I hate to fulfill Godwin’s Law, but the Nazis were also on the right side of things sometimes.

    • Tommy

      I don’t. Doing some good doesn’t erase what you have already done that wasn’t.

      They attack people’s well being with no remorse for life or property. When they attack banks and things of that kind, they attack not only the upper members but the lower members as well.

      They are no more then criminals attacking whom ever they feel deserves it without any form of legal reproach nor justifiable accountability.

      Civilizations bare the rule of law and no man is free from his obligation to respect and adhere to those laws.

      So if they truly wish only to be a force for good they can not do as they please, or otherwise contradict it completely.

    • Tommy

      I don’t. Doing some good doesn’t erase what you have already done that wasn’t.

      They attack people’s well being with no remorse for life or property. When they attack banks and things of that kind, they attack not only the upper members but the lower members as well.

      They are no more then criminals attacking whom ever they feel deserves it without any form of legal reproach nor justifiable accountability.

      Civilizations bare the rule of law and no man is free from his obligation to respect and adhere to those laws.

      So if they truly wish only to be a force for good they can not do as they please, or otherwise contradict it completely.

  • Marie Therese

    The police are accountable to every citizen – whether they’re wearing a mask, a tutu, etc. Accountability doesn’t depend on dress code.

  • $23629333

    Once upon a time, when folks feared that someone suspected of committing a serious crime would not face proper punishment – at the hands of “the law” – you had do-yourself-justice, also referred to as vigilantism. This story – and earlier incidents – indicate that we’re returning to that sort of thing. That’s what happens when folks lose faith in “the law.”

    • Let’em Crash

      Sort of like the KKK, although vilified as racist, lynched quite a few white offenders, something like a quarter of the total.

      • v1cious

        Tell me you did not defend the KKK…. dear god, is this what it’s come to?

        What your article doesn’t mention is the girl was taken to several parties, hence kidnapping charge. Do you seriously believe there was only two offenders here?

        • Let’em Crash

          In context of do it yourself justice, I did. I’ll go further, Tyshunn. 3/4 of lynchings being blacks isn’t that bad or even racist, take a look at demographics in modern justice/todays crime statistics.

          • v1cious

            Ok so not only did you just advocate vigilante justice, but you just said the KKK isn’t racist… I’m really not sure how to respond to that.

          • Let’em Crash

            Hey, the (D) in my name means I have to stick up for fellow historical democrats.

          • v1cious

            I see, a joke account. Original.

        • ProgTrog

          Actually,what troubles me is that you’ve already convicted the accused in this case before they’ve even had a trial. They did the same thing with the Duke Lacrosse team and those guys at Hofstra. They were acquitted. The accusers were proven in a court of law to have lied, as was the case with Crystal Gail Mangum, who later went on to try to burn down her house with her children in it after stabbing her boyfriend with a knife. People were saying for months that “those white boys got away with rape”. Well, your poor little innocent black stripper “rape victim” attempted to MURDER a full grown man and her own children.

          Who got away with what?

          It’s disturbing to me that people refer to rape accusers as “the victim” or to the accused as “perpetrators” or “offenders” before a jury has even had a chance to deliberate the facts in a court of law.

          Do I think rapists should get away with their crimes? Hell no! Do I think they should receive any lenience whatsoever? NO!!! But they are entitled to be judged by a JUDGE and a jury of their peers, not you,not I. After they have been CONVICTED, you can moralize all you want-but tell me seriously that you’d be content with receiving the same treatment you’re giving to others and I’ll call you a flat out liar.

          Do you think you should be fired and have your career prospects,your social attachments, and the rest of your life permanently limited because someone slandered you with charges of embezzlement,theft,fraud,or even rape?

          The court will determine the guilt or innocence of the people in this case,that isn’t your job,or mine.

          On a personal note, you are a complete MORON if you can’t tell “RightRick(D)” is trolling the ever-loving shite out of you. No wonder you don’t understand the rule of law.

  • LochGates44

    Where were was the movement when women were being raped at occupy rally’s?

    • http://www.theconservativevoices.com/ dmacleo

      this is what I was wondering.

    • http://www.shockandblog.com/ Jay McHue

      Rhetorical question, I hope. We all know exactly why they were silent.

    • bonnieblue2A

      They were participants in all kinds of unlawful behavior. Now they behave like Al Sharpton did over the Duke LaCross team.

  • Lamontyoubigdummy

    I heard Quint say he saw a shark eat a rocking chair once…

    But the occupy movement hollering about rapes?

    COME ON!!!!

    That has to be unpossible.

    God, I hate infinity loops.

    And unrepentant hypocrisy. Not a fan of that either.

  • Eric

    Only a fool would call this anything but justice.

    • http://www.shockandblog.com/ Jay McHue

      Okay, I’m a fool. It’s NOT justice. It’s vigilantism. Yes, it’s disgusting that the authorities are dragging their feet, but taking the law into one’s own hands is not the answer. We do NOT want to encourage this and head further into anarchy, because that leads to even less justice.

      • http://grannycafe.wordpress.com/ Granny Cakes

        I understand your concern, but the world has changed. The world and our communities have become too politically correct. So much so that sometimes even law enforcement’s hands are tied. Its become almost impossible to get results if the law itself is unable to act for fear of some kind of legal retribution. It takes a horde to protect a community. We can no longer rely on our police, and certainly not our politicians to keep us safe anymore. We have to band together and protect ourselves. This isn’t vigilantism, its standing up for your fellow men and women.

        • http://www.shockandblog.com/ Jay McHue

          Forgive me, but that’s a load of b.s. The world only changes when we let it. Put pressure on police who are dragging their feet. Put pressure on legislators to pass better laws. But DO NOT take the law into your own hands. Too often, innocent people end up suffering because of vigilantism and anarchy. That happened in Minnesota recently. An officer was shot dead in an ambush and an innocent person was quickly arrested, but thankfully released shortly after. I don’t doubt, however, that he will continue to live with the fallout from that for some time. (But it appears that the police finally did track down the actual shooter, who ended up committing suicide after a stand-off.)

          • http://grannycafe.wordpress.com/ Granny Cakes

            “The world only changes when we let it.”

            We HAVE let it change. Just look around. Its not the 50’s anymore son. Look around you. If you can’t see the world has changed, you are far more idealistic than I thought.

          • http://grannycafe.wordpress.com/ Granny Cakes

            “The world only changes when we let it.”

            We HAVE let it change. Just look around. Its not the 50’s anymore son. Look around you. If you can’t see the world has changed, you are far more idealistic than I thought.

  • bonnieblue2A

    The far left wants to disarm law abiding Americans and #occupy wants to bring back lynch mobs.

    Meanwhile, where are the parents of the victim and those charged? Why wasn’t there parental supervision?

    • Let’em Crash

      I’d imagine their lynchings would be more racist than the KKK. Clansmen did in whites as well as blacks.

  • http://www.shockandblog.com/ Jay McHue

    Look, I’m sorry — no, wait… I’m not — but this movement is based solely on some stupid, poorly-made movie from a few years back. These people don’t have one clue who the real Guy Fawkes was (just like they don’t know who the real Che Guevera was).

  • http://twitter.com/1RandiStarr Randi Starr

    Anytime you need to hide your face, you need to question your devotion to the cause.

    • Tom Bannigan

      Easier to hide paid method actors if they have a mask.

  • BeeKaaay

    Leftwingwackos approve of rape when leftwingwackos like Roman Polanski do it.

  • obamaiscarter

    I love Roseanne’s tweet about a fair trial for the “guilty”. So in Roseanne’s world, a “fair trial” involves dispensing with the presumption of innocence before the trial even begins.

    • Ken Alan Draper

      you forget one little thing, Roseanne is an idiot. has always been an idiot, & always will be an idiot. you can’t fix stupid.

  • Shelby is a Patriot

    So what are they gonna do? Ban Male Genitals? 0_o

    • Ken Alan Draper

      no they are going to require them to be registered & there must be a background check. later a newspaper in new york will publish a map showing the addresses of all regestered Penis owners.

      • Ken Alan Draper

        oops mispelled Registered.

    • ProgTrog

      Something like that. Truth be told, what will happen is that all people born with penises will be considered guilty of rape until proven innocent and therefore deserving of being relegated to a second-class citizen status.The standards of innocence will be set impossibly high on purpose because there are a lot of idiots who believe you can,or should be able to,disprove a negative. If you object,based on the grounds that this is an encroachment on civil rights,you will be labeled pro-rape or soft on rape and vilified as the essence of evil incarnate.

      I’ve made statements on this thread about allowing the courts to adjudicate rape cases instead of citizen lynch mobs. It’s a fairly uncontroversial opinion,and about any other topic most would be inclined to agree. Now watch as the people HERE twist my statements into an apology for the crime of rape, which I will make absolutely clear to you, and anyone listening, that I ABHOR.

      I abhor rape and rapists. I will not say it again. I shouldn’t have to. It should not be the case that someone assumes that I, an adult with a functioning moral compass,am PRO-rape until I say otherwise.

      Even conservatives act like idiots,abandoning all respect for the rule of law,and abandoning our rights to due process,on the issue of rape.

      There is no reason whatsoever to commit atrocities against the possibly innocent because you are outraged about some atrocity they are accused of. If they are CONVICTED of that atrocity after a process of inquiry, do whatever your conscience tells you to do, but when someone is only ACCUSED,you’re playing God to exact vengeance against them. You’re basically making the claim to extra-sensory perception or clairvoyance or something,claiming to know something about someone you have no evidence for and indeed haven’t even asked a single question about.

      This kind of thinking would see Rodney King convicted in a court of law of repeatedly assaulting with his face the fists of the police officers who beat him. You know he did it, just look at him.

      Ironically, the sentiments the leftists at Occupy are attempting to stir up will see MORE black or brown people (the historical target of rape accusations,real and false,of white women, par excellence) falsely accused or even falsely convicted of rape than are now. Then, they will turn around and insist that the higher conviction rates demonstrate that the justice system is racist.

      Why do people do these things to themselves?

  • Shelby is a Patriot

    So what are they gonna do? Ban Male Genitals? 0_o

  • Tommy

    Who cares about those bottom feeding liberal a-holes. And it was the Democratic ideolism that covered up the rape.

    Its a liberal movement that portrays the groups true ideology, objectify women, segregate gays and minorities and grab all the money in the cookie jar and say the other guy did it.

  • Tommy

    Who cares about those bottom feeding liberal a-holes. And it was the Democratic ideolism that covered up the rape.

    Its a liberal movement that portrays the groups true ideology, objectify women, segregate gays and minorities and grab all the money in the cookie jar and say the other guy did it.

  • http://grannycafe.wordpress.com/ Granny Cakes

    Anonymous would best serve the population(s) if they distance themselves from the Occupy crowd. Its well known that the Occupy groups are government planned, paid for, and assisted “useful idiots.” I would rather not consider my wish for Anonymous to be completely independent of politics and bias – a fantasy. Isn’t Anonymous supposed to be a group of highly intelligent people who are independent thinkers who work as a collective towards a common goal of what is right? Its impossible for Anonymous to be who they are if they keep branding themselves the same useful idiots that are the Occupy groups.

  • http://grannycafe.wordpress.com/ Granny Cakes

    Anonymous would best serve the population(s) if they distance themselves from the Occupy crowd. Its well known that the Occupy groups are government planned, paid for, and assisted “useful idiots.” I would rather not consider my wish for Anonymous to be completely independent of politics and bias – a fantasy. Isn’t Anonymous supposed to be a group of highly intelligent people who are independent thinkers who work as a collective towards a common goal of what is right? Its impossible for Anonymous to be who they are if they keep branding themselves the same useful idiots that are the Occupy groups.

  • JustLikeAnimals

    Barr’s tweet: “fair trials of the guilty.” Hilarious reveal of just how stupid that woman is.

  • http://twitter.com/ObamaFactCheck ObamaFactCheck.org

    The big question is who makes all these Guy Fawkes-style masks? Seems like a decent investment.

    • http://www.shockandblog.com/ Jay McHue

      Only until the next movie-based meme comes along.

    • Ken Alan Draper

      If they are a public company it may be a decent stock to invest in. forget securities, suppliers of goofy crap to the terminally clueless is where the money’s at.

  • Hello Jerry (D)

    Spray the Occutards with soap and water. Maybe they will melt…

    • http://www.shockandblog.com/ Jay McHue

      If not, at least they will smell better.

  • DrEviler

    First, Roseanne is wrong – Mays is a white kid. Secondly, if you’ve seen the photos of the unconcious girl being carried by the two accused and have a daughter of your own, you would be incensed. While her parents may bear some of the burden, what appears to happen (based on the released video and pictures) is that an unconcious woman was raped repeatedly at different parties, dumped on a lawn and urinated on. Who knows if she was drunk or drugged?

    A volunteer coach said she just got drunk and needed to make up a story (even though she was unconcious) to tell her parents. She was not completely aware of what happened until someone showed her pictures that were taken.
    Its small town politics. Witnesses who were present during the alleged event were granted complete immunity for their testimony against the two accused. Complete. No hand slaps, no probation, nothing.
    The Red Roll website’s owner had his email hacked by Anonymous, and the contents were posted (you can find them in a zip file if you search localleaks). If the contents are his email, it would appear he has a little girl fetish.

    The outrage continues when you read the NYT’s piece regarding their investigation into the alleged rape. The head coach allegedly threatened a reporter for asking a question.

    I was wary of the Duke case when it was announced. Stuff just didn’t make sense. This does jive, though. I’m not a fan of Anonymous, however, I can stand behind this. There was no violence against the accused or any one else for that matter. As a Conservative and the father of two daughters, I’m mad as hell about this. If it was my daughter, there would be violence.

  • David Mick

    Occupiers against rape is’t that like saying Rapists against Rape.

  • David Mick

    Occupiers against rape is’t that like saying Rapists against Rape.

  • Ken Alan Draper

    the conservative right should mock occupy, maybe teaparty members should start wearing groucho marx glasses/nose/moustache. LOL! I’d imagine if groucho were still with us he’d have some fairly well thought out & very funny comments about the state of the union.

  • moonsbreath

    Anonymous wants credibility with “We the People?” Then how about rallying against this lying President?