• Mon, Apr 22 2013

Football Coach Who May Have Tried To Cover Up Steubenville Rape Gets His Contract Renewed

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Did you think you were done being outraged over various details associated with the Steubenville rape case just because it ended in a guilty verdict? Of course not, because you live in the real world, where grown ass men side with rapists because they want to win a game.

Reno Saccoccia, the head football coach at Steubenville high school, has just had his contract extended for another two years despite the fact that he is still being investigated for his potential role in covering up the brutal gang rape of a 16-year-old girl. This seems wrongheaded at best, and flagrantly disrespectful to the Steubenville rape victim at worst, no?

To give a bit of background, coaches and other school officials are mandated by Ohio law to report it to the authorities if they have reason to believe child abuse or any other type of crimes involving their students have occurred, or are currently occurring. And there are already several pieces of fairly damning evidence that Coach Saccoccia not only knew about the rape, but actively took steps to keep it from being investigated. Like the cell phone records seized from the defendants’ phones, which say things like:

I got Reno. He took care of it and shit ain’t gonna happen, even if they did take it to court.

Like he was joking about it so I’m not worried.

And, from another defendant:

Nah, IDGAF [I don't give a fuck] I got Reno. Nothing’s gonna happen if it goes to court.

There’s also a text from one defendant to a friend saying that “Coach Sac” had seen the Youtube video of the assault. Uh oh.

I guess it’s possible that the teen rapists were suffering under some sort of group delusion that “Coach Sac” had seen the video and was taking steps to do damage control for them, but I think it’s more likely that they were telling the truth in their private texts to one another. Then again, I also realize that just like anyone facing criminal charges, Saccocia is innocent until proven guilty. Still, given the severity of the crime, and the evidence presented thus far, one might think it would be wise of the school board to at least suspend his paid contact with children until the investigation into whether or not he tried to cover up the rape of one is complete. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: a pointless fucking game played by high schoolers is nowhere near as important as ending rape culture, or, you know, keeping rape apologists away from children, and the adults who are in charge of running a high school should know that. Football is an immoral blood sport anyway, so it should be an easy choice to make. Should.

(Via ThinkProgress)

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