Via Ultraviolet PetitionOne of the football players convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio is back on the town’s high school football team. Will you add your name demanding the school board doesn’t look the other way when an athlete is convicted of sexual assault?

Tell the Steubenville School Board: It’s time for Steubenville to take a stand against rape, instead of protecting and even celebrating convicted rapists.  Immediately remove the player convicted of raping a 16-year-old from the Steubenville Big Red team.

SIGN PETITION HERE 

Less than two years after 200,000 UltraViolet members demanded justice for the 16-year-old survivor whose rape was caught on camera and shared on social media–one of the convicted rapists is back on Steubenville’s Big Red football team.1

What kind of message does this send to other young boys? From the beginning, there was rampant victim blaming and efforts to cover up the crime–simply because the two boys involved were revered football players.

The media even played into it: when the two were found guilty in juvenile court, CNN reporter Poppy Harlow lamented that the convicted rapists had had “such promising futures” and were “star football players.”2 That mentality–that the ability to throw a ball or make a tackle excuses rape is pervasive–and the reason why Ma’lik Richmond is back on the team, just two years after he raped a 16-year-old.

It’s unconscionable that a High School athletic program that faced harsh criticism for obstructing justice–where two coaches have been indicted for the roll they played in covering up sexual assault–is now allowing the convicted rapist back onto its idolized football team.3

Now we need to come together again to demand that athletes aren’t shielded from the consequences of their actions.

Add your name.

Thanks for taking action.

–Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Gabriela, Holly, Kaili, Kathy, and Onyi, the UltraViolet team

Sources:

1. Teen Convicted in Steubenville Rape Back on Football Roster, WTRF, August 11, 2014

2. CNN Reports On The ‘Promising Future’ of the Steubenville Rapists, Who Are ‘Very Good Students’, Gawker, March 17, 2013

3. 4 more school employees charged in Steubenville rape case, CNN, November 26, 2014

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