Cry for Help
CNN and feminist bloggers have picked up the story of a sixteen-year-old girl who has posted a whistleblower video that begs for help from the public and the authorities in pursuing justice in her sexual assault case against a twenty-three-year old.
Unfortunately, the following sample of incredibly abusive misogynistic viewer comments from the past hour seems to prove the point that Sam Gregory makes about the problems with using YouTube as a channel to air pleas for victims' rights.
Poverty? Webcam:check. functional PC:check. Broadband:check
I don't believe you have poverty.
Enjoy your trauma.
like i said in my comment come around my way n talk that shit and youd get your face busted in bitch. unles youve been raped shut the fuck up and get a life!
"I want something done!"
"I want help!"
Quit being such a cunt. You weren't raped. Stop whoring for attention and accept responsibility for your actions.
Put up some nude pictures and I'll donate money to ya. Do it the way all of the other "rape" attention whores do it.
why isn't this stupid whore in the kitchen
well, first of all you have to realize that you're nothing more then a slutty spermbag that's just asking for raep
I smell bullshit.
Grats on losing your virginity
You can't live in that terrible of poverty, you have a nicer camera than I, and obviously a computer and internet connection.
Ummm... Didnt you put yourself in that position? Its a no brainer what was going to happen. Your just gonna have to use this experience to learn and move on. Theres nothing else that could be done. 23 years old... Common sense = Success!
Many of these postings manifest the "spoiler" mentality that Henry Jenkins describes as being a distinctive aspect of the sensibilities of many online communities, such as the anti-illusionistic Survivor spoilers in Convergence Culture, those who -- it could also be argued -- manifest the dark side of "collective intelligence."
Despite viewer skepticism, it appears to be a genuine case, as the victim has linked her page to the government website of the Florida Orange County Clerk's Office and the records for the case dropped against an actual defendant.