Steubenville, OH – Ohio NOW is planning on delivering a petition to Attorney General Mike DeWine calling for the prosecution of a Steubenville rape case witness. The Ohio branch of the National Organization of Women wants the teenager who joked about the alleged rape on a recording posted online to also face criminal charges.
A news release from Ohio NOW President Jacqueline Hillyer indicates more than 85,000 residents have signed the petition. Members of both the National Organization of Woman branch in the Buckeye State and the group UltraViolet will hold a rally on Monday. The groups plan to converge outside Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office in Columbus at noon.
The protestors are hoping to meet with DeWine to plead their case for levying charges against the 18-year-old witness. UltraViolet and National Organization of Women members believe Michael Nodianos should face criminal penalties for his alleged failure to report a felony.
Two athletes from the Steubenville High School will soon go on trial for the alleged rape of an unnamed 16-year-old girl from West Virginia. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, at least 40 witnesses have been subpoenaed in the Ohio rape trial.
The Steubenville rape case grabbed national headlines after a video Michael Nodianos posted online went viral. The Anonymous group pushed heavily for the arrests of the accused rapists.
An excerpt from the release issued by the Ohio branch of the National Organization of Women reads:
"Ohio NOW and three other national groups sent a letter to DeWine in January calling upon him to enforce the rule of law and charge Nodianos, but DeWine has not done so. DeWine can command the respect of the nation by sending a strong message that Ohio law will be enforced, and that the crime of rape will be taken seriously."
Do you agree with Ohio NOW that Michael Nodianos should be prosecuted for not reporting the alleged Steubenville rape?
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