Bad Choices: Indictments Hold Alleged Adults Accountable

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Abby Zimet

In one more step toward justice, a grand jury has indicted four more adults - including the schools superintendent and a football coach - on cover-up and obstruction charges related to last year's rape by two Steubenville High School football players of a 16-year-old girl. Another adult was indicted in October, and two teens were found guilty of the rape last March. Many horrors in the case, from the blame-the-victim response of the community to tweets, photos and videos of the incapacitated girl by perpetrators and bystanders because, ha, rape, hilarious. From the police chief: "If you could charge people for not being decent human beings, a lot of people could have been charged that night.”

"Some may ask why others were not indicted. It is simply not sufficient that person's behavior was reprehensible, disgusting, mean-spirited or just plain stupid. While this started out being about the kids, it is also just as much about the parents, about the grown-ups, about the adults. How do you hold kids accountable if you don’t hold the adults accountable?" - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine

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