There continues to be an avalanche of anger and emotion after the Steubenville Rape case.
Most of it has been directed at CNN for seeming to show more sympathy for the two teenagers accused of rape than the 16-year-old victim. And although that criticism is warranted, it ignores some bigger issues.
There were over 900 videos and pictures taken of the gang rape of the 16-year-old girl at an end of summer party – many were distributed over the Internet and cell phones. Those taking pictures of the rape instead of helping the victim should also be charged for they were active participants. The movie The Accused starring Jodie Foster was based on a true story where those cheering on the gang rape were also convicted.
Pornography is so prevalent on the Internet and the only gate keeping out the young is the question are you 18? A yes gets young eyes into a world of depravity. We regulate pornography everywhere else, there are even state laws that magazine covers displaying nudity have to be covered, and yet video of hard-core sexual acts are left guarded by a question meant to sidestep legal responsibility for cases like Steubenville. And there are sites that solicit pictures of sex acts with ex-wives, former girlfriends and intoxicated girls at parties – which is exactly what happened in Steubenville.
Internet providers and content producers have spent a lot of time and money to come up with ways to stop piracy because they claim it costs them billions. It is time that those providers and producers spend as much time and money to truly keep young eyes away from pornography – and to stop the solicitation of sex videos starring the innocent
If not, they are just as culpable as those in the room during the gang rape in Steubenville Ohio.