Teens: Why We Didn't Help Steubenville Rape Victim

Police video reveals why they held back

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 23, 2013 1:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – New video has emerged of police interviewing teenagers who saw the Steubenville rape victim getting more and more drunk before she was attacked, ABC News reports. "I could tell that she was gradually getting more drunk and worse throughout the night,” said 16-year-old Farrah Marcino. “Just, like, that she couldn’t, like, she didn’t walk." Anthony Craig, 18, described her as "a mess" and said she "wasn't responding."

But no one stopped her from leaving the party with her convicted rapists, Trent Mays and Ma'Lik Richmond—even though, Craig said, she was passed out and carried away. "She wanted to go with Trent," he said. "Like, we just kept trying to tell her: ‘You don’t want to do this. You don’t want to go with them.' I just let her do what she want[ed], which I understand was wrong." Ohio's district attorney seems to agree: He's convening a grand jury to investigate whether charges can be filed against teens who failed to report the attack.

A teenager is interviewed by police about the Steubenville rape case.
A teenager is interviewed by police about the Steubenville rape case.   (ABC News)
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ABC News reports on teenagers who saw the Steubenville rape victim get drunk the night she was attacked.   (ABC News)

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