This post is to update an earlier one that was a bit lax on information. Here is the rest of the story. According to the victim, Savannah Dietrich, she was at a gathering in 2011 and had too much to drink and passed out. She did not know about the sexual assault until she found out about pictures of the event were put on the internet! The teenage attackers pled guilty, but the judge has sealed the records and ordered the defendant to not talk to the press or reveal any information about her attackers. Ms. Dietrich has a lot to say about this and is not going to be a victim or give up her rights,
Frustrated by what she felt was a lenient plea bargain for two teens who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting her and circulating pictures of the incident, a Louisville 17-year-old lashed out on Twitter.“There you go, lock me up,” Savannah Dietrich tweeted, as she named the boys who she said sexually assaulted her. “I’m not protecting anyone that made my life a living Hell.”
“So many of my rights have been taken away by these boys,” said Dietrich, who waived confidentiality in her case to speak to The Courier-Journal. Her parents also gave their written permission for her to speak with the newspaper.“I’m at the point, that if I have to go to jail for my rights, I will do it,” she said. “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.”
Pictures of assault
Dietrich said she was sexually assaulted by two teen boys she knew in August 2011. She had been drinking at a gathering, she said, and became unconscious. Months later she learned that pictures of the incident had been taken and shared with others.
“For months, I cried myself to sleep. I couldn’t go out in public places,” she told the newspaper, as her father, Michael, and attorneys sat nearby. “You just sit there and wonder, who saw (the pictures), who knows?”
Dietrich and her parents went to Louisville Metro Police, who eventually charged the two juvenile defendants with first-degree sexual abuse, a felony, and misdemeanor voyeurism, according information contained in the court motion filed by the newspaper.
The teens pleaded guilty to those charges in late June, though Dietrich and her family say they were unaware of the plea bargain and recommended sentence until just before it was announced in court — and were upset with what they felt was a slap on the wrist for the attackers.
“I felt like they were given a very, very light deal,” Dietrich said. “I wasn’t happy with it, at all.”
Following the plea, McDonald (Judge) admonished everyone involved not to speak to anyone about what had happened in the court or about the crime in general, according to Dietrich.
“I was crying as she (the judge) was reading that,” Dietrich said. “They got off very easy … and they tell me to be quiet, just silencing me at the end.”
Angry after the June 26 hearing, Dietrich posted several tweets on her Twitter account naming the two teens who pleaded guilty.
“They said I can’t talk about it or I’ll be locked up,” Dietrich tweeted. “So I’m waiting for them to read this and lock me up. ____ justice.
“Protect rapist is more important than getting justice for the victim in Louisville.”
Leslie, of the press freedom committee, said Dietrich should “not be legally barred from talking about what happened to her. That’s a wide-ranging restraint on speech.”“By going to court, you shouldn’t lose the legal right to talk about something.”
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It seems to me these young men gave up their right to anonymity when they posted pictures of their deeds online for all to see. They should be tried and sentenced as adults. Just because something is done legally does not make it right. I applaud this young woman for standing up for her rights. I hope everyone knows who these young men are and they are never allowed to live this down. What they did is something that will affect this woman for the rest of her life, so why not let it affect them as well?