17 Year-old Sexual Assault Victim Facing Jail for Tweeting Her Assailant’s Names

Filed under: Strange But True by Contributor @ August 1, 2012

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Savannah Dietrich, a 17-year-old girl from Kentucky, may be facing contempt of court charges and a jail sentence after she tweeted the names of two juveniles who sexually assaulted her. Dietrich said that she took to the popular social networking site because she was frustrated with the plea deal that two boys who assaulted her received.

“There you go, lock me up,” Dietrich tweeted after she posted the name of her attackers. “I’m not protecting anyone that made my life a living Hell.” Her Twitter account has since been closed.

The contempt charges arose after attorneys for the two boys petitioned a Jefferson District Court judge to hold Dietrich in contempt for naming the boys on the public website. The contempt charges carry a maximum 180 days in jail and a $500 fine if she is convicted. The two juveniles are being sentenced in August for the underlying assault.

Concerning the charges, Dietrich was quoted as saying, “So many of my rights have been taken away by these boys,” Dietrich told Louisville’s Courier-Journal. “I’m at the point, that if I have to go to jail for my rights, I will do it. If they really feel it’s necessary to throw me in jail for talking about what happened to me as opposed to throwing these boys in jail for what they did to me, then I don’t understand justice.”

The assault took place after Dietrich passed out at a party. The two boys later showed their friends photos they had taken of themselves assaulting her.

The two boys pleaded guilty on June 26 to first-degree sexual abuse as well as misdemeanor voyeurism. The terms of their pleas was not disclosed. Dietrich stated that the boys “got off very easy.” She further expressed her dissatisfaction on Twitter, writing, “they said I can’t talk about it or I’ll be locked up,” Dietrich tweeted after hearing, according to the paper. “So I’m waiting for them to read this and lock me up.”

“[Protecting rapists] is more important than getting justice for the victim in Louisville,” she added.

The hearing on Dietrich’s attempt charges will be held on July 30th and while the boy’s attorney’s are seeking a closed hearing, the media and Dietrich’s attorneys have filed motions arguing that she has First amendment rights to speak opening about what happened to her.

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