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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Victim of rape deserves respect
There has been a lot of attention lately given to the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case that found two male high schoolers guilty of raping a fellow 16-year-old student as she lay incapacitated after a party ("Two teens convicted of raping girl," March 18 news story). When the guilty verdict was read, much was made of how CNN covered the case - with one of the anchors focusing more on the effect of the guilty verdict on the rapists rather than the victim.
What about the victim? It isn't just a misspoken news anchor that is the problem. It's also all the online media outlets that continue to show the disturbing photo of the two defendants holding the victim up by her ankles and hands.
Have we no respect for anyone anymore, let alone the victim of a rape?
I know we can't control everything that is put online, but the least we can do is afford these victims the respect that they did not receive from the perpetrators.
L. SHAY McLAUGHLIN
U.S. soldiers, too, have scars from Iraq conflict
The Associated Press's Adam Schreck ("In Iraq, war's wounds have yet to heal," March 17 news story) needs to come home and turn his pen on America's wounds.
The results of ignorance, arrogance and partisan politics are mostly hidden.
After writing of the sophomoric, frat-house mentality that would declare war with the words "Bring them on!" and "I miscalculated," considered reason enough to indulge a second term, Schreck could turn his pen on a multitude of blunders and deliberate fraud in funding the tragedy in Iraq.
When he gets to the unknown extent of human costs, he could quote one mother, Rosie Babin (tinyurl.com/brem7kz), who told the TREA (The Retired Enlisted Association) Memorial Foundation that her son, Alan, who was terribly wounded in the first few days of the Iraq War, is not unusual.
He is one of thousands of young warriors who came back from Iraq with wounds that they will have to cope with for the rest of their lives.
C. WARNER CRUMB
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