STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Hundreds and hundreds of masks occupied the Steubenville courthouse steps Saturday.
They were there for a protest organized by the online activist group Anonymous to voice their opposition to a shocking teen rape case.
“I couldn’t even imagine what that mom is going through. And I’m just thankful that Anonymous brought attention because for months, there was nothing out there,” said Donna from Canton.
Two 16-year-old football players, Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, are charged with raping a 16-year-old girl at series of back to school parties in August.
Police say they documented the night through pictures, video, and tweets online.
“This is for justice for the victim, nobody else. This is not a race thing,” said an anonymous protestor.
Many bloggers and hacktivists believe the alleged crimes were covered up because the teens are star football players in town.
“We need to draw more attention to date rape, teen rape, and kids posting video to YouTube,” said another protestor.
“There are a lot of great students at Big Red. It’s a shame that no one is calling out the few that did this,” added another protestor.
This protest comes one week after another protest, also organized by Anonymous.
Last time there was a counter-protest across this street. This time, those numbers dwindled.
“Anywhere Steubenville goes, we’re labeled now. Come on now, you can’t call us rapists if you don’t know what is going on. That courthouse right there. Whatever happens, let it happen in there. Not out here,” said Simon Feaster, of Steubenville.