Sexual assault victim faces charges

A seventeen year old girl in Kentucky faces contempt of court charges after she tweeted the names of her rapists.

Savannah Dietrich was frustrated by a plea deal reached last month and used twitter to expose the two young men, even though she was court ordered to keep their names confidential. She could face up to 180 days in jail and a $500 fine if convicted. The boys have yet to be sentenced for the attack in August 2011.

Savannah was raped by the pair after passing out at a party. They took photos of the assault, which they shared with friends.

“[Protecting rapists] is more important than getting justice for the victim in Louisville,” Dietrich tweeted after the hearing. A hearing for the contempt of court charge is scheduled for July 30. Attorneys for Dietrich want it open to the media, but the boys lawyers want it closed.

You can sign an online petition, which asks the judge to throw out the charges against Savannah.

*Edit: As of today, the charges have been dropped. A small victory for rape victims everywhere.

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6 thoughts on “Sexual assault victim faces charges

  1. I fight for animal rights and sign many petitions and share profiles of pets on death row, hoping someone may rescue and/or adopt them. We see so many occurrences of cruel perpetrators of abuse walk away with nothing or minimal sentencing.

    I’d hate to see rapists (with proof of being such) walk free. Are the rapists convicted yet, or is that part of it still ongoing?

    • I have a close friend who often sends me petitions for animal rights, many of which I share on here for my readers to sign. That part is still ongoing, to the best of my knowledge. Considering there are pictures as proof, I don’t see how they wouldn’t be convicted, though.

  2. I read about that, and hoped that it would get thrown out – I’m glad it did. Honestly, it would be worth 180 days in jail AND $500 to me! I understand that those boys are minors, but her name was out there for the world to see. It’s like being victimized all over again!

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