He Wants Our Pity

SYMPATHY

 

You might have heard this story: Savannah Dietrich is the Kentucky teenager whose story went national a few months ago. She was 16 and went to a party where she passed out and when she sobered up she realized she had been sexually attacked by 2 boys. Those boys, who also took pictures of the assault and sent them to friends, pleaded to sexual assault and voyuerism.

But Savannah got very frustrated by the courts and how the case was handled. The Judge issued a court order that she had to remain QUIET about the boys, but she tweeted the names of her attackers. She was threatened with jail time, but public outcry convinced the judge that additional punishment for a crime victim was unnecessary.

How's this for bizarre? A lawyer actually expects sympathy for one of the boys who attacked Savannah! He says the incident has ruined his life. David Meija (lawyer for one of the boys) is blaming Savannah Dietrich, painting her as the ogre. Meija is peddling a sob story of how his client has been forced to move, has likely lost his athletic scholarship to an Ivy League school, and is now in therapy; all of which he blames on Dietrich.

 

Um... Is he not the one who took advantage of a drunk girl at a high school party? He, not she, is responsible for everything that's happened to him since that night.

This blame the victim mentality is not a sign of what Dietrich has done but of the lack of remorse this boy has for his crime.  The criminals aren't sorry that they did something wrong; they're sorry that they got caught. They're sorry that they've been publicly shamed for their actions.

Uh, David, karma has come around to bite you in the behind.  Let's put on the big boy pants and face it.

 

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