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Roseanne Barr & Anonymous Join Forces on Rape Case

The comedian/Presidential candidate and famous hacktivist group seek justice in Ohio case.

By: Sarah Bauder
Published: January 4th, 2013 in Culture » Society » News

Two Steubenville, Ohio high school students were recently arrested for raping a 16-year old student. If this horrendous act wasn’t vile enough, several teenagers including football players and partygoers, took to social media with photos and jokes pertaining to the incident.

Hacktivist group, Anonymous, has taken the Ohio Rape case on as their newest cause, threatening to reveal the name of the members of the “Rape Crew” (those that were present or aware of the rape) unless they come forward and apologize.

One football player, Cody Saltsman, came forward with a public apology after dropping a defamation suit against Alexandra Goddard, a blogger who was closely following the rape case.

“I deeply regret my actions on the night of August 11, 2012. While I wasn’t at the home where the alleged assault took place, there is no doubt that I was wrong to post that picture from an earlier party and tweet those awful comments. Not a moment goes by that I don’t wish I would have never posted that picture or tweeted those comments. I want to sincerely apologize to the victim and her family for these actions. I also want to acknowledge the work of several bloggers, especially Ms. Goddard at Prinniefied.com, in their efforts to make sure the full truth about that terrible night eventually comes out. At no time did my family mean to stop anyone from expressing themselves online – we only wanted to correct what we believed were misstatements that appeared on Ms. Goddard’s blog. I am glad that we have resolved our differences with Ms. Goddard and that she and her contributors can continue their work,” Saltsman stated.

On Wednesday, Anonymous leaked a 12-minute video of drunken Steubenville students laughing about the rape incident. The teens featured thought it was amusing that the 16-year old victim looked “deader” than “O.J’s wife” and “Trayvon Martin” and disgustingly stated that “it might have been her dying wish”, referring to her inability to consent.

Former Presidential candidate, Roseanne Barr, has been busy writing to the Ohio governor and local news stations, with hopes of getting additional press coverage and FBI involvement.

Barr is a huge supporter of Anonymous, telling Buzzfeed that they do “the good work of naming and exposing rapists and pedophiles, rather than excusing and protecting them, as rape culture does”.

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