"They made my life hell..and I'm not going to protect them!"
Savannah Dietrich, a girl from Kentucky who was sexually assaulted, could possibly face contempt charges from the court after she tweeted the names of her juvenile attackers.
The 17-year-old violated the court order to keep their names confidential after turned to Twitter to expose them and their actions. Dietrich was angered by the plea deal that the boys who assaulted her took last month. A Jefferson County District Court judge was asked by the attackers’ attorneys to hold her in contempt for her Twitter tirade. She faces up to 180 days in jail as well as a 500 dollar fine if she is convicted of contempt.
The boys, who attacked Dietrich back in August, still have not been sentenced for their crimes. Before her Twitter account was deactivated, Dietrich claimed that the boys had made her life hell and that she was not going to protect them. On June 26, the boys pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse and misdemeanor voyeurism.
In an interview with the Louisville Courier-Journal, Dietrich says, ”So many of my rights have been taken away by these boys. I’m at the point, that if I have to go to jail for my rights, I will do it. If they really feel it’s necessary to throw me in jail for talking about what happened to me as opposed to throwing these boys in jail for what they did to me, then I don’t understand justice.”
It seems that Dietrich has a legitimate point. "If a woman is attacked in a sexual assault, why wouldn’t she have the right to reveal the names of those who’ve attacked her?"
There are sex offender registries all over the country and even a new Facebook rule that may soon require Facebook member to reveal a sex offender status. If that’s the case, then why was it wrong for this woman to reveal the names of the men who raped her? They may be 17, but that’s just one year from 18, and if juveniles are being tried as adults for other crimes, then why not this one?