So I’ve been reading about the Steubenville rape case with Malik Richmond, Cody Saltsman, and Trent Mays. For those of you who don’t know, August 11th 2012, a 16 year old girl was at an end-of-summer party and had a lot to drink. Cody Saltsman, the victim’s ex boyfriend, set her up and is said to have given her drugs to knock her unconscious, aiding in the rape. Saltsman also took photos of the victim being sexually assaulted by Mays and Richmond and posted them on Instagram and Twitter. The big question is, WHY didn’t ANYONE help the victim? Did no one realize what was happening? That this girl was being assaulted while she was unable to defend herself? WHY did nobody stop the boys?
This reminds me of a discussion from Psychology in my first semester of college. We were discussing the bystander effect, which is the theory that the more people are around during an event, the less likely it is someone will do something to stop it. On March 13th, 1964, Kitty Genovese was brutally murdered in Queens, New York. There were 48 witnesses watching from their homes, calling each other, asking what to do. FOURTY EIGHT WITNESSES. NO ONE DID ANYTHING.
Is it that hard to call the police, or to intervene? Please, to anyone who reads this, or has any self respect or morals, DO SOMETHING.