Savannah Dietrich is facing contempt of court charges in Louisville, Kentucky. Her crime: Tweeting the names of the two boys who sexually assaulted her.
If convicted, 17-year-old Savannah could spend as many as 180 days in jail. That’s because she violated a court order that the names of her attackers remain confidential.
Savannah went public in frustration after lawyers representing the juvenile offenders worked a plea deal last month that allowed the boys to escape the maximum punishment for their crime.
“Lock me up,” she tweeted, defiantly. “I’m not protecting anyone who made my life a living Hell.”
Indeed, the Kentucky girl’s two rapists got her so drunk at a party last summer that she passed out. Then they had their way with her.
And if that wasn’t egregious enough, they took photos of themselves having sex with the inebriated girl. Then they shared the photos with friends.
Of course, under-age Savannah should not have been drinking; should not have gotten wasted. That was bad judgment on her part.
But that absolutely does not forgive the Kentucky girl’s two assailants for taking sexual advantage of her. It in no way mitigates their crime.
“For months, I cried myself to sleep,” Savannah lamented. “I couldn’t go out in public places.”
So when she found out last month – after the fact – that her attackers pled guilty to first-degree sexual abuse and misdemeanor voyeurism – which, because they are minors, could mean little or no jail time – she was outraged.
She went public with her story, which meant forfeiting the anonymity that juvenile crime victims (and offenders) usually receive. And she identified her attackers, so that they would suffer the public ignominy they deserve.
It remains to be seen if young Savannah is found in contempt of court – which she should not be.
“If they really feel it’s necessary,” she said, “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.”