Don’t Punish Rape Victim for Identifying Attackers

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Target: District Judge Deana ‘Dee’ McDonald

Goal: Remove charges against victim who revealed the names of her rapists.

Seventeen-year-old Savannah Dietrich was instructed by a judge not to discuss her rape with the public, silencing her as part of a plea bargain awarded to the two men that assaulted her. Now she has defied the gag order by posting the names of her attackers on Twitter, and potentially faces 180 days in jail and a $500 fine as a result. The court must not charge this victim in order to protect the men who raped her.

Savannah Dietrich was raped by two acquaintances at a party. The men took pictures of the act, sharing them with various people throughout Savannah’s high school. After pleading guilty, her assailants convinced the court to protect their identity from public knowledge. The girl had pictures depicting the molestation of her naked body spread throughout her school, and is now being ordered to respect the privacy of the men responsible. The court seeks to charge Savannah for communicating about the incident on her personal social media page. In a society that struggles with unreported rapes, we are punishing a victim for speaking out.

By silencing Savannah, the Kentucky Court of Justice protects criminals and violates a victim’s constitutional right of free speech. The young men who attacked this girl deserve the same public humiliation that they subjected her to by distributing pictures of her rape. Demand that District Judge Deana ‘Dee’ McDonald give Savannah Dietrich a public hearing and exonerate her of all charges.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Judge McDonald,

Savannah Dietrich was raped and publicly humiliated by two men, and now the court wishes to punish her for identifying the assailants. These men violated her privacy (as well as her body), and do not deserve for their own privacy to be protected. In a country were a vast number of sexual assaults go unreported, we as a society should be encouraging young girls to speak out against their attackers.

To punish Savannah is a denial of her right to free speech and a huge step backwards for the sexually assaulted. We must not continue to perpetuate victim blaming in this manner. Please protect the real victim in this case by clearing Savannah Dietrich of all charges and allowing her to have a public hearing.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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4 Comments

  1. How can this woman be incriminated for identifying her assailants when she is the victim of the heinous crime? what kind of legal system and justice are operating here?

  2. Punishing the victim sounds like something out of Saudi Arabia, America is no better anymore.

  3. Radha Kumar Radha Kumar says:

    Thankfully, all charges against Dietrich have been dropped.

  4. AND …. HERE’S THE TRUTH:
    THIS IS HOW IT REALLY HAPPENED:

    She passed out topless after a throwing up violently from alcohol poisoning ….they only took pictures. The boys plead guilty to sexual assault because it has fewer repercussions than child pornography charges. Thus why the DA accepted the plea, in cases of “rape” plea bargains are very rare because evidence so incriminating can support the crime.

    It was only when she heard about the pictures MONTHS later and decided to take legal actions. The Courier Journal, who originally published the story, is facing a lawsuit for publishing false allegations because Dietrich used the words “rapists” and such when interviewed. She was not raped and the media now is painting the boys charged as rapists.

    THE PROBLEM IS – NOW SAVANAGH BEGAN A WILD INTERNET WITCHHUNT CAMPAIGN ASKING FOR
    VIGILANTE JUSTICE FOR “RAPISTS THAT GOT AWAY”: http://imgur.com/owQzy

    SHE EVEN PUBLISHED PHONE NUMBERS AND ADRESSESS OF ALLEGED “RAPISTS”:
    http://fuckyoung.tumblr.com/post/28936550431

    Savannah Dietrich cauzed unspeakable injustice to these boys!
    Spread the word about this false rape accusation!

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