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#1 Jan 10 2013 at 4:57 PM Rating: Default
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Anonymous has taken up the case, hacking a site dedicated to high school sports in Steubenville and separately publishing on one of its websites a trove of images, texts and accusations involving students, coaches and boosters. Those individuals have not been named or charged by authorities with any crime.

Anonymous says it is collecting detailed information about the personal affairs of football boosters and others in Steubenville who the group claims may have helped cover up the alleged attack. It's also planning a protest "to help those who have been victimized by the football team or other regimes."

"The town of Steubenville has been good at keeping this quiet and their star football team protected," an Anonymous member wearing the group's trademark Guy Fawkes mask says in a video posted to the group's LocalLeaks website.

The organization, he says, will not allow "a group of young men who turn to rape as a game or sport get the pass because of athletic ability or small-town luck."


Iron Chef Olorinus wrote:
I don't think that re-upping a video some **** made of himself mocking the rape of an unconscious young woman is "vigilantism" - nor is it convicting someone without due process. It's holding them to account for their words and actions through public shaming. I don't see anything wrong with this. In fact, I see the lack of cohesive community, along with the missing component of social pressure that brings as part of the problem leading to these atrocious crimes.



Their actions go well beyond releasing just information and facts related to the case itself. From the article, it appears as though they're finding anything that could be embarrassing about anyone they think might be related to the case, presumably to use as pressure if the town doesn't do what they think they should. All because they assume some kind of weak stereotype involving a cover up to protect the local football team must be happening, purely because it's a small town where football is a big deal. Can't see how this could ever end badly at all!

Edited, Jan 10th 2013 2:57pm by gbaji
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