Dispatches From The War On Women: A Victim Fights Back

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Savannah Deitrich is one tough young woman. Dietrich, 17, passed out after drinking at a party last August. While unconscious two teen boys she knew raped her, videotaping the whole thing and distributing pictures on the internet. Dietrich faces jail time after identifying her attackers on Twitter and in violation of the confidentiality of the plea hearing, after they accepted a deal she felt was too lenient. Attorneys for her attackers want her jailed and Deitrich is fighting back, insisting she has a right to speak about her case. Wow. That’s brave.

More horrific teen-on-teen violence. An Ohio school has agreed to a settle a lawsuit following the vicious beating of a gay student. There was a video in that one too. I suppose the “good news” in these situations is the fact that technology has served a role in bringing these offenders to justice.

Since the Boy Scouts decided to reaffirm a commitment to hate, here’s a list of what they can learn from the Girl Scouts.

Religiously-affiliated institutions and conservative governors rushed to court to challenge the Obama administration’s birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act and it’s showing as the first two decisions come down, both dismissing the challenges. Only twenty-two more to go.

In Minnesota pregnancy tests are going to start showing up in bars and restaurants. The goal, say proponents of the tests, is to get women to avoid drinking while pregnant and if the tests are there to put away any doubts in a pinch.

By the way, Michele Bachmann’s witch hunt isn’t winning her any friends, even among conservatives.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) filled a vacancy on the state’s Board of Health with a notorious anti-abortion physician who was part of the drafting team for the state’s controversial TRAP regulations.

Mindy Townsend takes on the Texas Republican party and it’s platform removing the teaching of critical thinking skills.

With all the sadness and senselessness coming from Aurora here’s a small glimmer of good news on the gun control front.

Another bit of good news: the Joe Paterno statute comes down. Now the big question: should the football program go?

Here comes the Olympics and 6 female Olympians to watch.

Lastly, 3 ways women are changing Silicon Valley culture.

Thanks for checking back and don’t forget to send in your stories, suggestions and comments. We’ll be back each weekday with the latest in the best and the worst from the War on Women. So long as the battle rages, we’ll cover the latest, so please check back!

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Julimar C.
Julimar C5 years ago

Well that is a nice, you get raped and if you tell things like they are you go to jail. Wee! Our justice system disgusts me. That is why I have a thorough sense of distrust towards everyone involved in it. Law enforcement, judges - I know they are not all crooked, obviously, but it's hard not to fear entities/individuals that are actually supposed to exist to protect us yet tend to do the opposite.

Michele J.
Michele Jones5 years ago

Why was a 17-year old drinking? Where was she drinking? Who else was present and witnessed the rape?

And why on earth is a victim being held by law not to publicly talk about her incident is she so chooses??! I hate our justice system more and more everyday. Now you get raped and have special laws imposed on you to protect the rapists.......WTH.

Melissah Chadwick
Past Member 5 years ago


Sije Dijkstra
Past Member 5 years ago


Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia5 years ago

I can't belive that victim got jail time and the rapists were offered a plea. This is exactly what is wrong in society. And to think, the judge is a woman.

marc page
Marc P5 years ago

Rolf P: This is my thought: It is easy to label someone a sex offender and have done with it. Many believe that the sickness sex offenders are twisted with comes from within and it is solely because they are perverts or whatever. We lock them up and think little of it. What I am saying is that these boys exhibit something even more serious that has little to do with sex and everything to do with complete inability to perceive anything outside of their little world of 'self' Sex offenders are not dangerous to EVERYONE. (Not to minimize their dangerousness.) While they may rape a girl it is unlikely they would then rape some guy. However I believe the behavior exhibited by these boys indicates that it is not about sex but something more sinister. People like this, who exhibit no understanding or care for the consideration of others can act against ANYONE (In other words shoot up a movie theater etc.) Sex offenders act against SOMEONE. I believe these boys would act against ANYONE because they have no empathy. That is more dangerous than just being a sex offender.

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

Good question where did underage kids get booze?

Maria D'Oporto
Past Member 5 years ago

I am so sad to read boys are able to do something so siniester and go away with a deal, I hope the girl can get justice and a life lesson, alcohol shouldn't be so easy to get for a minor, she passed away and make it easy for the predators, is a sad chain of events that souldn't happen, why alcohol were on the hands of minors? Where are the parents when kids are getting drunk and rapping?, Nobody ask at home where they go or what they do during the day? They don't notice the kids are drunk or acting suspicious? We as parents most keep an eye on kids, they need lead and guidance, to ask where they go, who are they friends is perfectly normal, is not a violation to any privacy, so sad they are loosing the most important values.

Joe R.
Joe R5 years ago

Thanks you Jessica!