If you read The Courier-Journal this weekend, you were no doubt infuriated by the chance that 17-yea-old rape victim Savannah Dietrich of Louisville might go to jail for naming the two high school students who sexually assaulted her. Frustrated with their plea agreement, which she saw as a slap on the wrist, Dietrich tweeted their names, and dared the court to have the nerve to hold her in contempt:
“There you go, lock me up,” Savannah Dietrich tweeted, as she named the boys she said sexually assaulted her. “I’m not protecting anyone that made my life a living Hell.”
After the lawyer of the two young men filed a motion to hold her in contempt, she told the C-J:
“I’m at the point, that if I have to go to jail for my rights, I will do it,” she said. “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.”
And fortunately, there was a small degree of justice today, as the lawyer, David Mejia, withdrew the contempt motion.
However, Mejia wasn’t done insulting the teenage victim. From today’s C-J story:
Mejia was obviously angry with Dietrich’s actions, saying his client’s “privacy has been trampled. He’s accused of things he didn’t do. Anybody who looks at (the postings online) believes things about this kid that are false, but there is nothing I can do about that.”
“I can’t stop this teen and she put it out there,” he said. “She put everybody’s names out there. … We went to court hoping she would come to her senses” after the tweets, adding the laws of confidentiality in juvenile court were written to protect the victim but “apparently she didn’t want to be protected.”
Yes… how dare this girl not “want to be protected” and not “come to her senses” enough to not “trample” on the “privacy” of the boys who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting her.
The nerve of her… violating the privacy of two young men who widely distributed photos of them sexually assaulting her.
Take a bow for that wonderful piece of legal logic, David Mejia.