When I first read about the story of a young girl’s brutal gang rape and humiliation in a small town in middle-America some my mind was immediately filled with questions

Here are the questions (roughly in the order that they popped into my head):

  1. Who is involved?
  2. What actually happened?
  3. Why did nobody intervene?

Some answers…

Short of eyewitness testimonies and a careful forensic reconstruction of the timeline it’s very difficult to determine what actually happened.

Why nobody intervened is a complex question, which has been addressed by numerous studies on bystander behaviour.

So that leaves who is involved.

I thought answering this first question would be easy…

Turns out it’s not.

Here I present a summary of some of the relationships surrounding the Steubenville rape case.


The victim herself has not been named publicly, although her identity is known locally among family, friends and classmates.

I intend to keep it that way and will not publish her name on this blog.



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