We'll All Be Able to Watch the Steubenville Rape Trial Go Down

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A judge ruled today that the media will be allowed in the courtroom when Steubenville High football players Trent Mays and Malik Richmond go to trial in March. Eek.

Prosecutors with the Ohio Attorney General's Office told Visiting Judge Thomas Lipps that the trial should be sealed to protect the victim. But lawyers for media outlets including the AP and CNN argued that the trial should be open for transparency's sake. Apparently the lawyers won.

According to the Toledo Blade, the alleged rape survivor, currently a high school student across the river in West Virginia, wanted the trial closed to the public so that she could keep her identity private. Looks like she's out of luck.

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[Atlantic Wire]

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"Steubenville Jane Doe" has asked that tax deductible donations be made in her name to the Family Violence Prevention Program at the Wheeling, WV, YWCA:

http://ywcawheeling.org/donate/

You will also find a link there to sign a "Guest Book" for her, with your positive thoughts and prayers of support.

Every dollar donated says: "You did nothing wrong. We love you, we support you. We are here for you." to her, and to other anonymous victims of rape.