When the Steubenville, PA verdict was read, advocates were appalled at some of the media stories talking about the “promising teens whose lives are now ruined”. What about the victim?
The next day, CNN.com contacted The Women’s Center and spoke with Becka Meier, the clinical coordinator, who has worked with rape survivors for over 10 years, about the issues facing survivors, whether a “guilty” verdict matters, and about their relationships going forward.
The journalist, Jacque Wilson, did a good job explaining the prevalence of this violent crime (every 2 minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted), and understanding that rape culture and acceptance of this heinous crime must end. Here is the story.