Who Benefits From Rape Culture?

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By Maria Padhila

I’ll just leave this here.

“The rape was just an excuse, I think,” said the 27-year-old [Nate] Hubbard, who is No. 2 on the Big Red’s career rushing list.

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“What else are you going to tell your parents when you come home drunk like that and after a night like that?” said Hubbard, who is one of the team’s 19 coaches. “She had to make up something. Now people are trying to blow up our football program because of it.”

Approached in November to be interviewed about the case, [Coach Reno] Saccoccia said he did not “do the Internet,” so he had not seen the comments and photographs posted online from that night. When asked again about the players involved and why he chose not to discipline them, he became agitated.

“You made me mad now,” he said, throwing in several expletives as he walked from the high school to his car.

Nearly nose to nose with a reporter, he growled: “You’re going to get yours. And if you don’t get yours, somebody close to you will.”

Shawn Crosier, the principal of Steubenville High, and Michael McVey, the superintendent of Steubenville schools, said they entrusted Saccoccia with determining whether any players should be disciplined for what they might have done or saw the night of Aug. 11.

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4 Responses to Who Benefits From Rape Culture?

  1. mariapadhila says:

    Thanks, y’all. Just felt like rape needs to be put in context of politics, economics and violence first, and lots of comments on this crime were missing that. There are so many myths around this flashpoint crime it’s hard to know where to start. Both powerful and powerless people use young people in sports as their surrogates in so many energetic and “real” ways, and that’s just one of those factors that are making us all sick. Another place unexamined: people say those kids have “too much freedom.” How much freedom to you have if you’re tied into a system that demands you perform for their uses? Another: the players are “treated like gods.” I’d say few people are even treating these young people as humans.

  2. carecare7 says:

    This was so good I shared it publicly on my Face Book. Way to go, Maria.

  3. stormilarue stormilarue says:

    make AND break (i meant)

  4. stormilarue stormilarue says:

    it’s been the evil plan for awhile now, to rape & pillage youth culture only to sell it back to them. remember the Frontline “Merchants of Cool”? the Media Giants (benefitting) graphic was horrifying then (2001), gawd only knows now.


    i’d say tell them the truth, that they have the power to make or break these institutional powers of oppression and socialization. the need for critical consciousness about media/literacy is more significant than ever, for all ages.

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