The court had its say in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case, with two high school football players found guilty Sunday of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.
The victim's mother also had a statement for the two defendants, Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, and Trent Mays, 17, who were immediately sentenced to one and two years, respectively, in juvenile detention. (Mays received an additional year because he was also convicted of using nudity-oriented material, in the form of pictures of the girl on his cellphone.)
“It did not matter what school you went to, what city you lived in, or what sport you’ve played," the victim's mother said. "Human compassion is not taught by a teacher, a coach or a parent. It is a God-given gift instilled in all of us. You displayed not only a lack of this compassion but a lack of any moral code."
The mother gave her name to reporters before delivering the statement Sunday. However, The Times is withholding her identity because it could be used to identify her daughter, who has not been named in this case. The Times does not name victims of sexual assault without their consent.