With the previous story I wrote about the Ohio rape case, it is refreshing to see the judicial system actually working for a change. Two young men, Trent Mays, 17, and co-defendant 16-year-old Ma'lik Richmond were found delinquent in the rape trial of the drunken 16-year-old female victim. These are the two boys in the viral picture carrying the girl by both arms and legs.
"No pictures should have been sent around, let alone taken," said Mays after the sentencing. This does not sound like a sincere apology to me. It sounds more like someone who wishes they got away with murder - or in this instance, rape. Co-defendant Ma'lik delivered a sincere, emotional apology while physically breaking down in tears.
Congratulations to the Grand Jury for further investigating this case. According to CNN, "A grand jury will investigate whether anyone else should be charged in the events surrounding the August sexual assault of a 16-year-old, Ohio's attorney general said after a judge convicted two teenagers of rape in the incident."
"This community needs assurance that no stone has been left unturned in our search for the truth." Attorney General Mike DeWine said Sunday.
Prosecutors said the lack of empathy from the teens was appalling from the beginning of the trial.
"I have pity for you both," said the 16-year-old victims mother after the sentencing.
Let this be a warning to all the rapists in training. If a girl says no, it is rape. If she is too drunk or intoxicated to give her consent, it is also rape. From my previous series on Rape Stories, here is one account that stands out in particular.