Savannah Dietrich, 17, went public with her rape, naming names at the expense of releasing her own identity as well. Photo via Twitter.
Kentucky teenager Savannah Dietrich is going public in pursuit of her own brand of justice after being raped last year and alleging her rapists got off easy with a plea deal. The 17-year-old felt doubly victimized when her sex attackers reached a plea deal in which they pleaded guilty in a August 2011 assault charge to first degree sexual abuse and misdemeanor voyeurism. The charges stemmed from a party last summer in which Dietrich was reportedly raped after passing out at a party. Dietrich later learned that the assailants had taken pictures of the assault and distributed them around her school.
Now Dietrich believes the boys are getting off easy and that their names are being protected in effort to protect the guilty and further victimize the victims.
Furthermore, Dietrich says she only learned of the plea bargain right before their court hearing.
So upset by the outcome in what Deitrich perceives as a gross injustice, Dietrich decided to tweet the names of the assailants. After outing the male rapists, Dietrich tweeted, “I’m not protecting anyone that made my life a living hell.”
She also told a local newspaper, “For months, I cried myself to sleep. I couldn’t go out in public places. You just sit there and wonder, who saw (the pictures), who knows?”
After the tweet, a judge scolded Dietrich in court and held her in contempt which means she could face possible 180 days in jail and a $500 fine.
The boys sentences were not made public by Dietrich by way of court order, however she has said she believes the attacker’s punishment was nothing more than a “slap on the wrists”.
Dietrich has since tweeted a followup which reads, “They said I can’t talk about it or I’ll be locked up…Protect rapist is more important getting justice for the victim in Louisville.”
Dietrich’s parents have been supportive of her decision to out herself and her attackers in effort to obtain their own justice for their daughter.
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