up-date to : “Rape, Trauma, The Legal System & Common Sense”….posted 22 July 2012

07/29/2012

Howard –

Incredible. More than 100,000 people — including you! — spoke up for Kentucky teenager Savannah Dietrich, who could have faced jail time after she posted online the names of the two young men who sexually assaulted her. Thanks to your action, Savannah is no longer facing charges.

Elizabeth Beier started a petition asking that charges against Savannah be dropped, and just days later, the lawyers who filed charges against Savannah withdrew the charges. One lawyer even told reporters that all the attention from Savannah’s supporters on the internet made filing the charges just not worth it — no wonder, when the petition received attention from MSNBC and the Associated Press, to name a few.

For her part, Elizabeth is thrilled that Savannah won’t face jail time for revealing the names of her convicted attackers. “Thank you to everyone who signed this petition and stood up for Savannah,” Elizabeth says. “When the whole world watches, justice is more likely to be done.”

If there’s something you want to change in your community, you’re about three minutes away from having your own petition on Change.org — just click here to get started.

Thanks for being a change-maker,

– Jon and the Change.org team

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