Kentucky Teen Strikes Back at Her Sexual Attackers


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.”

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3 thoughts on “Kentucky Teen Strikes Back at Her Sexual Attackers

  1. The message that comes through loud and clear is one that says be prepared for the repercussions of your actions.
    this young lady got drunk. She should not have done it. The penalty for that is in the hands of the Lord and why was it so severe is beyond me. Only God knows her life and out of what he is trying to save her from.
    We must always be prepared for our actions to cause reactions. We should think deeply on these things.
    One day I was driving through a very wooded , windy road with one of my young daughters. The trees were so thick it was actually dark in there on a sunny day. As I approached a tight bend in the road the sun pierced the trees and reflected on a tin can that someone carelessly had thrown from their car. For only a second my eyes fixed on the unexpected sight. When I re-focused I was partially in the other lane and quickly maneuvered back. I used that example to teach my child that even the most seemingly innocent thing could have drastic consequences. There could have been a car or truck coming when I slipped into the other side of the road. Two carloads of families could have died or lived incapacitated for the rest of their lives- Just because someone littered.

    How much more can we expect from drunkenness?

    Now I am sure (I do hope anyway) that this young lady has learned a lesson and has not just focused so much hate on her attackers that she missed the first point.

    I don’t make the rules or the punishment. In my scenario she would have only a headache the next day and she would swear off drinking for life.

    Yet God who is control of all things has allowed this very severe punishment to occur.

    Now this young lady was faced with another decision. This would risk jail time for herself versus justice. Perhaps with a lot of getting even thrown in. I would do the same thing. The world has completely turned around and as the witches of Macbeth hath proclaimed, “Fair is Foul and foul is fair.”

    By the way, (and it should not ba a by the way) this is what God says:]

    Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
    Mat 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

    Say no more, you are preaching to the choir. I want to kill those guys and I don’t even know them. How much more for this defiled girl?

    So the last decision comes into play. Do we obey God rather than man? Do we choose his ways that are not our ways? I am sure the consequences of doing that will always leave us in a much better place.

    My heart goes out to you Savannah.

    • Nothing is more difficult for even the most faithful among us than to forgive those who have committed an egregious offense – be it raping a 17-year-old girl or killing and injuring dozens in a crowded movie theater. But that’s what the Master taught us.

  2. Matt Maschinot on said:

    The court should go to the boys, and see if they would like to press charges. And remind the boys that if they press charges there will be a trial where the defendant will be able to testify as to why she made their names public. And what exactly she saud about the boys.

    The court would then not be turning a blind eye to the law, and I doubt the boys would be interested in seeing the young lady charged with a crime.

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