Cyberbullying follow up: Steubenville Rape Trial

This story involves many of the issues we talked about in class, including cyberbullying over social media, victim blaming/shaming, reluctance to report abuse and how social media documented the whole thing. Even Anonymous got involved! These links below will orient you to the issues of the case (in chronological order).

Here are some links to check out:


We Wouldn’t Know About the Steubenville Rape Case If It Wasn’t for the Blogger Who ‘Complicated’ Things

Anonymous Outs Members of Alleged Steubenville High School ‘Rape Crew’

Anonymous Leaks Horrifying Video of Steubenville High Schoolers Joking About Raping a Teenager ‘Deader than Trayvon Martin’

Text messages key evidence in Steubenville rape trial

Instagram, YouTube-Fueled High School Rape Trial Begins Today


In Steubenville rape trial, social media call out injustice, CNN


CNN’s Steubenville Rape Coverage Draws Petition Demanding 


Two Girls Arrested for Online Threats Against Steubenville Rape 

5 thoughts on “Cyberbullying follow up: Steubenville Rape Trial

  1. I found it completely repulsing how CNN chose to portray the Steubenville Rape story as one that was a case of “injustice” for the two boys who committed the crime. It honestly just made me sit back in my chair and shake my head for a minute or two. The fact that over 80,000 people had signed a petition demanding a personal apology from CNN the night after their coverage of the situation aired, restored a little of my hope for humanity. However, it still seems a small step in the scheme of things; hopefully the sympathetic attitude toward the rapists will not become a more common theme in the future.

  2. Following the readings in this post, the one article that really stood out to me was the LA Times article. The article discussed the possibilities of this case never being found if social media never exposed the pictures and videos. I thought this was a very good point by the author, Robin Abcarian, because often times social media is viewed as no good by many people. Who knows what could have been of this story if social media was not relevant; perhaps there would be two innocent teenagers who got away with a horrific act.

  3. Unfortunately we live in a world where the mainstream media is extremely slanted in one direction on any given topic. This trial is no exception, no matter where you try to get information you will never encounter a truly fair or honest perspective on things. I find myself having to watch bits and pieces of several different sources to be able to get the entire story. Even worse than the mainstream media though is what happens when the internet gets a hold of the story, once it gets there it will be impossible to be 100% certain what is right and what is wrong about a story. It is because of this that we get terribly distasteful and slanted viewpoints on tragic stories like this. It is times like this when I am made sad when they portray the teenage rapists as the victims in the entire situation. Just no accountability anymore…

  4. What I find interesting about this case in the social media aspect of it all. If there had not been any social networking involved there might not have been enough evidence to make a case. It also makes one think what constitutes as evidence in the courts? I think this case makes a great example by saying that everything you post has some permanence.

  5. All I can say is wow. This is one case in many where the victim of rape is made to be seen as the problem instead of the rapist(s). It happens in families all the time, and now even on the news. I can only imagine how hard it is for the victim. It’s bad enough to be raped, but then throw certain peoples’ reactions, which are the opposite of what they should be, on top of that and it’s even worse. It’s no wonder so many rape victims blame themselves for it.

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