Between the cuts to women’s health programs across the country (look no further than right here in Pennsylvania, where our “dear” old Governor Corbett has disproportionately cut programs for women and children), the assault on women’s right to choose, from Republican Todd Akin’s horrifying (and stupid!) comment about “legitimate rape” to extremists in Indiana and elsewhere making it a crime for a woman to naturally miscarry, I knew we were on a slippery slope. A slippery slope to nowhere good, mind you. I couldn’t imagine how much worse it could get.
But, a 17 year-old young woman named Savannah Dietrich from Kentucky was charged with contempt because she named the guys who sexually assaulted her…and “ruined their lives. One of the defendants’ lawyers, David Mejia, told the Huffington Post that “He has lost all the potential that was there … He was on course to a scholarship to an Ivy League school to play sports and that may be jeopardized.” Thankfully, the public outcry was enough to cause them to drop the charges against her, but, of course, she’s still receiving plenty of hate mail and threats. Good to know that anonymous yahoos out on the interwebs and in the blogosphere still have their first amendment rights.
So, if you need proof that women’s rights and freedoms are under attack, or that we’ve really learned little from Penn State (and how many other schools?) about the dangers of putting sports first, then take a close look at this case.