View from Venus: What is wrong with us?

Trent Mays, 17, left, and 16-year-old Ma\'lik Richmond sit at the defense table before the start of their trial on rape charges in juvenile court on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 in Steubenville, Ohio. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, Pool)

Randi Martin, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – A young girl is raped, and no one says stop. What happened at that party in Steubenville, Ohio has horrified and disgusted many of us.

For the kids there, the rape became a social media event. They pulled out their phones and took pictures and video, instead of helping the 16-year-old girl who was so drunk, she didn’t remember anything.

Images of her violation were posted to social media sites along with evil hurtful comments. Instead of receiving compassion, calling 911 or stopping the crime, they simply took their drinks and headed home.

Allegations have been made that school officials and parents found out about it, yet failed to step forward to talk to the police or reach out to the young girl.

What is wrong with us?

Arthur Dobrin, an ethics professor at Hofstra University, says there is no simple answer.

“If you say to somebody,


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