Savannah Dietrich is a 17-year old Kentucky girl facing up to 180 days in jail as well as a $500 fine for tweeting the names of two teenagers who sexually assaulted her.
“For months, I cried myself to sleep. I couldn’t go out in public places,” she told the Courier-Journal, Louisville’s main newspaper.
The teenage boys pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse and misdemeanor voyeurism.
“I felt like they were given a very, very light deal,” she said. “I wasn’t happy with it, at all.”
Subsequently, she tweeted her attackers names and now faces contempt charges for violating the confidentiality of her attackers.
Yet, she refuses to be silenced.
“There you go, lock me up,” she wrote on Twitter after naming her assaulters. “I’m not protecting anyone that made my life a living hell.”
“If they really feel it’s necessary to throw me in jail for talking about what happened to me … as opposed to throwing these boys in jail for what they did to me, then I don’t understand justice,” she said.
Let's help pay the $500 fine - and show our support for this brave woman.
There is also a petition online available to sign. It has 100,164 signatures so far. It can be found by accessing this link: http://www.change.org/petitions/judge-deana-dee-mcdonald-louisville-ky-drop-charges-against-savannah-dietrich
UPDATE: The contempt charges have been dropped. GREAT JOB! People do make a difference when they act! I am keeping the site up for 60 days and asking for donations to support Savannah, keeping the $500 goal. I hope this money helps her a little but, more than that, I hope she realizes just how many people out there (total strangers) support her 100%. Justice is hard to come by sometimes, but we have a funded army standing behind Savannah!
THE LATEST: Savannah's family has graciously indicated that all proceeds donated will go toward helping other rape victims since the contempt charge is no longer an issue. There is an upcoming court date on August 23rd and I will continue to keep everyone apprised of developments. I anticipate her case, in particular, will change many things with regard to the rights of victims. Stay tuned and please comment regarding your support.