Savannah Dietrich No Longer Facing A Contempt Charge After Tweeting Names Of Sexual Abusers
Savannah Dietrich is a 17-year-old Kentucky girl that was pissed when she found out that she could be sentenced if she names two boys that allegedly sexually assaulted her at a party. She only knew about it happening when she saw photographic evidence of the alleged assault. She named the two boys on Twitter and was told that she would be held in contempt. This is no longer the case after a petition was filed about it.
After the court case, she tweeted: “They said I can’t talk about it or I’ll be locked up. ….Protect rapist is more important than getting justice for the victim in Louisville.” Dietrich’s Twitter account is currently private.
When Dietrich revealed the name of the assaulters, she actually expected to be locked up for some time, but had the full support of her parents once she found out the outcome of the trial. “I’m not protecting anyone that made my life a living Hell,” tweeted Dietrich. She believed that the sentence the two boys received was too light, which is why she went on Twitter to reveal their names.
The boys were charged with first-degree sexual abuse (felony) and misdemeanor voyeurism according to the information in a court motion.
“The horse is out of the barn,” said the boys’ attorney David Mejia in response to the Twitter message being sent out. “Nothing is bringing it back.” This is why the lawyer decided to stop pursuing the contempt charge.
The petition was started on Change.org and it hit over 60,000 signatures. The girl that started the petition did not know Dietrich personally.
“When I read it, I was appalled and outraged and thought, ‘Somebody has to do something about this. Who is going to do something about this?’” stated Elizabeth Beier, a 22-year-old in Maryland that started the petition. “Everyone wants this girl to have peace and time to recover and not another trauma like jail time.”This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at +AmitChowdhry