TW for rape: Hear me out… The problem with their coverage is that it had an overwhelmingly clear sense of sympathy about it and that’s not OK. I want to make that nuance clear.
However, I keep hearing that another part of the problem with their coverage is that it focuses on the rapists and not the victim and it’s the criticism of that angle that I’m not sure I agree with. Maybe talking about all that lost potential and all the time they’re going to do and how this will impact their future, how they’ll never play ball or get into a good college or get a good job etc is the way to cover a high-profile rape case like this. Maybe that focus on what they lost is the deterrent that will stick in the mind of the next potential steubenville rapist. Maybe, through the drunk haze of some party gone wrong, just before that next person gets victimized, the person about to victimize her or him will remember the look on the steubenville rapists face as he sobbed and the words of news anchors clucking their tongues and commiserating all that lost “potential.” Even if there was no real potential for those specific guys, everyone believes “I have potential”. No one believes “I’m a monster.” If the news anchor gets up there and say, “this kid is a monster!” That next potential rapist doesn’t identify what he’s doing with that monster’s actions. He’s a human, not a monster. To see that rape is a crime committed by humans who had full lives, to see its face as a scared teenage boy, maybe that’s the kind of thing the next potential rapist will better identify with and step back and say, “wait, what I’m about to do is exactly what those boys did. Maybe I should stop this problem before it starts.”
Just putting that thought out there. What do you think?