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    CNN - Rape Apologists?


    I join with others who are extremely appalled and disappointed at the tenor and tone of your news anchor’s coverage over the past 24 hours regarding the verdict handed down in the Steubenville Rape case of Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond.

    "Incredibly difficult, even for an outsider like me, to watch what happened as these two young men that had such promising futures, star football players, very good students, literally watched as they believed their lives fell apart," said Harlow.

    And then the legal expert said that this “will haunt them for the rest of their lives." and sympathetically how now they have to register as sex offenders.

    They ARE sex offenders.

    Since when does a news organization sympathize with rapists? As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and rape and an advocate for other victims and survivors, I can attest to whose life truly has been changed forever and who will struggle with the repercussions of what has been done to her for the rest of her life.

    I am shocked that CNN would express sympathy for convicted rapists, regardless of their age. They took an unconscious 16 year-old and used her as their very own sex toy. And then broadcast it for the world to see.

    CNN should apologize on air to this young girl and to her family for siding with her rapists.

    Thank you,
    Roxine Behrens

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