Victim Could Face Jail Time for Tweeting Names of Her Rapists
Last year, 17-year-old Savannah Dietrich was sexually assaulted by two boys after passing out at a party. The boys pleaded guilty to first degree sexual abuse and misdemeanour voyeurism and reached a plea deal that may keep them out of jail. Now, Savannah may be facing jail time herself.
After learning of the plea deal, Savannah felt that court was far too lenient on her attackers, who not only assaulted her, but shared photos they took of the attack with other students.
Defying a court order meant to protect the boys (who are minors) from having their names released to the public, Savannah identified them in a Tweet (at the cost of identifying herself, as well).
The boys’ lawyer has asked that Savannah be held in contempt of court for her actions. If charged, she could land in jail for up to 180 days, as well as be ordered to pay a $500 fine. She is prepared for this possibility.
“I’m at the point that if I have to go to jail for my rights, I will do it,” Dietrich told the Tampa Bay Times.
What do you think? Was Savannah in the right? Should she be charged with contempt? Let us know in the comments.