Sex-crime victim could be jailed for tweeting her attackers' names

Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by Mike, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Judge needs to lose his next election if he's not already unemployed ...

    NY Post: Sex-crime victim could be jailed for tweeting her attackers' names

    A Kentucky girl who was sexually assaulted now faces jail time for talking about it publicly.
    Savannah Dietrich, 17, could be locked up on contempt-of-court charges for tweeting the names of her attackers after they allegedly got a sweetheart plea bargain, according to a published report.

    Dietrich, who was molested while passed out at a party by the sick creeps, told the Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper that she was outraged because the boys were given a deal that she thinks is “very, very light.”

    The judge in the case had further protected the sex fiends by placing a gag order that barred Dietrich from talking about what happened to her.

    “I was crying as she [the judge] was reading that,” Dietrich said. “They got off very easy . . . and they tell me to be quiet, just silencing me at the end.”

  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Clarion Ledger: Savannah Dietrich named attackers on Twitter, but now faces contempt charge

    Savannah Dietrich lashed out on Twitter -- but now she is facing a charge for tweeting names of teenagers who sexually assaulted her. Dietrich, a 17-year-old of Louisville, was upset by the plea deal reached by the pair of teens who sexually assualted her, and took to twitter to complain.

    Dietrich of Louisville told The Courier-Journal ( she is frustrated by what she feels is a lenient deal for her attackers. After posting the names on Twitter, Dietrich wrote, "I'm not protecting anyone that made my life a living (expletive deleted)."

    The Associated Press does not normally report the names of sexual assault victims, but Dietrich and her parents say they do not want to shield her identity and want her case to be public.

    And the dirtbags didn't just rape her ...

    Dietrich told the paper she was assaulted in August 2011 by two boys she knew when she passed out after drinking at a gathering. She learned months later that pictures of the assault were taken and shared with others.

    The victim had no part in the plea agreement:

    The boys pleaded guilty on June 26 to first-degree sexual abuse and misdemeanor voyeurism. Dietrich says she was unaware of a plea agreement until just before it was announced in court.
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  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Four-page article, seems to be the most comprehensive coverage ...

    Courier Journal: Sexual assault victim's tweets about attackers prompt contempt case against Louisville's Savannah Dietrich

    The Courier-Journal and Dietrich’s attorneys have filed motions to open the proceedings, arguing she has a First Amendment right to speak about what happened in her case and a right to a public hearing on the contempt charge.


    Dietrich said she was sexually assaulted by two teen boys she knew in August 2011. She had been drinking at a gathering, she said, and became unconscious. Months later she learned that pictures of the incident had been taken and shared with others.

    “For months, I cried myself to sleep. I couldn’t go out in public places,” she told the newspaper, as her father, Michael, and attorneys sat nearby. “You just sit there and wonder, who saw (the pictures), who knows?”


    Angry after the June 26 hearing, Dietrich posted several tweets on her Twitter account naming the two teens who pleaded guilty.

    “They said I can’t talk about it or I’ll be locked up,” Dietrich tweeted. “So I’m waiting for them to read this and lock me up. ____ justice.
    “Protect rapist is more important than getting justice for the victim in Louisville.”

    The newspaper was able to view the tweets on her account.

    Farrar-Crockett said Dietrich looked at the laws of confidentiality before she tweeted and “tried not to violate what she believed the law to be,” not tweeting about what happened in court or was in court records.

    Leslie, of the press freedom committee, said Dietrich should “not be legally barred from talking about what happened to her. That’s a wide-ranging restraint on speech.”
    “By going to court, you shouldn’t lose the legal right to talk about something.”

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  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

  5. MaximumSisu

    MaximumSisu Requiescat in Pace

    Contempt citation request has been withdrawn by the dirtballs' dirtball lawyer.
  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    She should take it a step farther and pursue child porn charges for anyone retaining or forwarding copies of the photos.
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  7. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    This makes my blood boil. The perpetrators of this crime were minors. If no one ever talks about the crime they committed against the victim, (also a minor,) then they get away Scott-free. She has to live with the public humiliation they inflicted on her, but their identities remain veiled.

    That's sick.
  8. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    They're not veiled anymore. The whole world knows who they are now. I would think a civil suit would be in order here as well.
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  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    There are several possible lawsuits here:
    • How did the kids get the booze? There's an adult or business with some liability here.
    • Depending on state statutes, the perps' parents might have some civil liability for their children's criminal acts, although minors themselves usually can't be sued.
    • Any in possession of child porn can be sued for damages by the children in the images.

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