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17-year-old sexual assault victim could face charges for tweeting names of attackers
By Dylan Stableford, Yahoo! News | The Lookout – 7 hrs ago


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A Kentucky girl who was sexually assaulted could face contempt of court charges after she tweeted the names of her juvenile attackers.

Savannah Dietrich, the 17-year-old victim, was frustrated by a plea deal reached late last month by the two boys who assaulted her, and took to Twitter to expose them--violating a court order to keep their names confidential.

"There you go, lock me up," Dietrich tweeted after naming the perpetrators. "I'm not protecting anyone that made my life a living Hell." Her Twitter account has since been closed.

Attorneys for the attackers asked a Jefferson District Court judge to hold Dietrich in contempt for lashing out on Twitter. She could face up to 180 days in jail and a $500 fine if convicted. The boys have yet to be sentenced for the August 2011 attack.

"So many of my rights have been taken away by these boys," Dietrich told Louisville's Courier-Journal. "I'm at the point, that if I have to go to jail for my rights, I will do it. If they really feel it's necessary to throw me in jail for talking about what happened to me as opposed to throwing these boys in jail for what they did to me, then I don't understand justice."

Dietrich was assaulted by the pair after passing out at a party. They later shared photos of the assault with friends.

"For months, I cried myself to sleep," Dietrich said. "I couldn't go out in public places."

On June 26, the boys pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse and misdemeanor voyeurism. Terms of their plea agreement were not released.

"They got off very easy," Dietrich, who says she was unaware of the plea agreement before it was announced in court, said in her interview with the newspaper.

"They said I can't talk about it or I'll be locked up," Dietrich tweeted after hearing, according to the paper. "So I'm waiting for them to read this and lock me up."

"[Protecting rapists] is more important than getting justice for the victim in Louisville," she added.

A hearing for the contempt of court charge is scheduled for July 30. Attorneys for Dietrich want it open to the media, while the boys lawyers want it closed.

Both the Gannett-owned Courier-Journal and Dietrich's attorneys "have filed motions to open the proceedings, arguing she has a First Amendment right to speak about what happened in her case," the newspaper said.

An online petition asking the judge to throw out the charges against Dietrich, launched Saturday, has already accumulated hundreds of signatures.

"[She] should not be legally barred from talking about what happened to her," Gregg Leslie, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, told the Associated Press. "That's a wide-ranging restraint on speech."

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By Dylan Stableford, Yahoo! News | The Lookout – 7 hrs ago


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A Kentucky girl who was sexually assaulted could face contempt of court charges after she tweeted the names of her juvenile attackers.

Savannah Dietrich, the 17-year-old victim, was frustrated by a plea deal reached late last month by the two boys who assaulted her, and took to Twitter to expose them--violating a court order to keep their names confidential.

"There you go, lock me up," Dietrich tweeted after naming the perpetrators. "I'm not protecting anyone that made my life a living Hell." Her Twitter account has since been closed.

Attorneys for the attackers asked a Jefferson District Court judge to hold Dietrich in contempt for lashing out on Twitter. She could face up to 180 days in jail and a $500 fine if convicted. The boys have yet to be sentenced for the August 2011 attack.

"So many of my rights have been taken away by these boys," Dietrich told Louisville's Courier-Journal. "I'm at the point, that if I have to go to jail for my rights, I will do it. If they really feel it's necessary to throw me in jail for talking about what happened to me as opposed to throwing these boys in jail for what they did to me, then I don't understand justice."

Dietrich was assaulted by the pair after passing out at a party. They later shared photos of the assault with friends.

"For months, I cried myself to sleep," Dietrich said. "I couldn't go out in public places."

On June 26, the boys pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse and misdemeanor voyeurism. Terms of their plea agreement were not released.

"They got off very easy," Dietrich, who says she was unaware of the plea agreement before it was announced in court, said in her interview with the newspaper.

"They said I can't talk about it or I'll be locked up," Dietrich tweeted after hearing, according to the paper. "So I'm waiting for them to read this and lock me up."

"[Protecting rapists] is more important than getting justice for the victim in Louisville," she added.

A hearing for the contempt of court charge is scheduled for July 30. Attorneys for Dietrich want it open to the media, while the boys lawyers want it closed.

Both the Gannett-owned Courier-Journal and Dietrich's attorneys "have filed motions to open the proceedings, arguing she has a First Amendment right to speak about what happened in her case," the newspaper said.

An online petition asking the judge to throw out the charges against Dietrich, launched Saturday, has already accumulated hundreds of signatures.

"[She] should not be legally barred from talking about what happened to her," Gregg Leslie, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, told the Associated Press. "That's a wide-ranging restraint on speech."
I really hope that it's not against the law for Savannah to tell her own story. IMO, she's being assaulted again except by the judicial system.

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That's so fucked up. There is no real justice for rape victims.
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Most participants in an ongoing case are prohibited from commenting on a case until it is resolved. Since the assailants have not yet been sentenced, it's an ongoing case. I seriously doubt she'll get anywhere near the maximum sentence, but even though (thankfully) used Twitter as her tool (rather than a gun or knife) she still went outside the law and essentially took justice into her own hands. The legal system tends to frown on that.

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i haven't seen them in a while though.

I was at the party to and that was the last time I saw them.

I don't really want to go into detail about it though

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Her lawyer should be able to get her off but why the plea deal and she wasn't made aware of it. Not only did they sexual assault her they showed people pictures. They shouldn't have gotten a plea deal because of the pictures for sure. How humiliating for her.

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The plea deal may have been the best way to secure a conviction and keep this girl from having to go through a trial, where the defense would have probably turned it into a trial of her reputation, impugned her integrity, argued that it was consensual and in general made her life miserable. It will be interesting to see what the sentence is.

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The plea deal may have been the best way to secure a conviction and keep this girl from having to go through a trial, where the defense would have probably turned it into a trial of her reputation, impugned her integrity, argued that it was consensual and in general made her life miserable. It will be interesting to see what the sentence is.
The problem I have is that they didn't make her aware of it before she went to court which is what probably hurt her the most.

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That's fucked up and crazy !!!

I agree with Miffedmax, in a sense I can understand she didn't have rights to do so, but OTOH it's so fucked up to talk about jail for her while the others might not go there ! christ.... hopefully she will be fine and the guys will be punished ! that's awful, awful awful !!!!

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the rules are in place for a reason and nobody should violate them. i have the deepest sympathy for the girl and a deep loathing for anyone who commits acts like that. however, if everyone goes round naming their attackers or alleged attackers, then there is chaos. it would be awful to see her punished, but people can't disregard the rules...

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the rules are in place for a reason and nobody should violate them. i have the deepest sympathy for the girl and a deep loathing for anyone who commits acts like that. however, if everyone goes round naming their attackers or alleged attackers, then there is chaos. it would be awful to see her punished, but people can't disregard the rules...
That's true, that's exactly how I feel.

Though I understand her and don't blame her for that.

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That's fucking sick.

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the rules are in place for a reason and nobody should violate them. i have the deepest sympathy for the girl and a deep loathing for anyone who commits acts like that. however, if everyone goes round naming their attackers or alleged attackers, then there is chaos. it would be awful to see her punished, but people can't disregard the rules...
The rules are f**ked up. Not allowing victims to name their attackers is saying to those criminals it's okay to do what they did. And guess what? A lot of them become repeat offenders. Once it's been proven that the attackers are guilty, they should not be protected.

This girl should continue to speak out even if she's put in jail. Her attackers need to be exposed, and the rules need to be changed.

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