Thursday, May 15, 2008

Airing It All Out...

When does something really cross the line? In YouTube's latest controversial video, the clip above is an upsetting YouTube video created by a 16-year-old girl named Crystal, who says, "I need some help. I didn't want to do it this way, but it's the only way I know that's going to work, that someone out there in the world is gonna listen to me."

Crystal explains that a 23-year-old man has raped and drugged her and the Florida State attorney won't prosecute him. Writes CNN's Ashley Fantz: "For an online generation, the Web offers what traditional counseling does not. It's a chance to communicate without having to face someone or fear their judgment. Some people are seeking legal advice and medical information, and many younger victims believe they can warn others about their accused attacker, counselors say." And according to Scott Berkowitz, the founder and president of RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, more and more young victims are talking about their experiences online.

According to CNN, authorities charged the man of assaulting her with lewd or lascivious battery, but, according to court documents, Crystal and the man both said they had an ongoing sexual relationship. The prosecutor concluded that the Crystal and the man had had consensual sex. Even though Florida law states that a 15-year-old cannot give consent to sex. Since Crystal was "a mere 1 month away" from turning 16, the case was not prosecuted. Since when is 15 the same as 16? Since when does having having a relationship with someone mean they can't rape you?

1 comment:

Dana Lynn said...

How does a girl raised in poverty have access to a decent video camera and a computer? They aren't cheap.
Regardless, this is very sad situation. I feel badly for her.