Steubenville Rape Case

(This post was written with my research partner, Jessica Birthisel, assistant professor of communication studies at Bridgewater
Because there are *so many* perks in accusing a powerful men of assault.
In many ways, my situation was considerably tamer. Tamer than Steubenville or Stanford; tamer than what a lot of my friends had already gone through. It was one of the reasons why I downplayed it when it happened.
A sports team’s performance should not matter more than a survivor’s trauma.
It's been 10 years and my go-to is still to downplay it. Call it The Incident. Maybe if I'm feeling extra self-aware, I'll call it The Assault. But then I think about it and remember things, and it takes a lot of self-control not to backtrack.
Part of being an American teenager means some effort to answer the question "who am I?" Being a member of a particular clique provides one answer to tha