Protest On Tap Today

V-Day, a group dedicated to ending violence against women, plans to join others in a protest set for 12:15 p.m. today in front of the Jefferson County Courthouse to show outrage at the alleged rape of a teenage girl by Steubenville High School student-athletes.

The gathering, part of a larger movement known as “One Billion Rising,” was organized by V-Day members in Akron, Ohio.

Two 16-year-old boys are slated to stand trial before visiting Judge Thomas Lipps beginning March 13 for the alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old Weirton girl in August.

Three protests organized by Internet activists have occurred at the courthouse since late December, criticizing the lack of prosecution of others participants believe were involved in the alleged rape. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office is handling the case.

One Billion Rising encourages people all over the world to demonstrate today to protest all forms of violence against women.

“In planning how to participate in One Billion Rising, we knew we could not ignore the horrific events that took place in our home state and the resulting coverup,” said Deb Lemire, organizer of V-Day Akron. “We’re outraged that witnesses posted photos and videos of the attack and tweeted jokes while doing nothing to stop it.”

According to One Billion Rising, one in three women worldwide will be beaten or raped during her lifetime.

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through plays, performances and more, according to the release.

The V-Day movement has raised more than $90 million in funds for creation of more than 14,000 women’s anti-violence educational programs, safe houses and other activist events, according to the release.