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FBI Gets Involved in Case; Second Occupy Steubenville Bigger Than First

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The FBI is now getting involved in the Steubenville rape case according to reporters with CNN. To read more into the FBI's involvement in the case click here.

According to a report from Google Analytics, people from around the world viewed the rally. For the WTRF.com live stream of the event, the report indicated that the rally was watched by people in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Japan and Turkey


The second Occupy Steubenville rally is under way with the number of attendees in the hundreds. Speakers from across the area have gathered to share their stories to show support for the victim.

The rally opened with several speakers sharing their stories. Numerous victims of sexual assault shared with audiences how either they, their child or someone they knew was raped. Attendees reacted with silence as one after another victims came forward to share their story. Each individual seemed to close their speech with words of strength, to which audiences cheered.

One woman stated, "we all have a voice and it will be heard eventually."

Another person explained to the crowd, ""However you're dressed, wherever you go: Yes is yes and NO means NO."

Another person said, "if you haven't arrested them all, you haven't arrested enough."

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla also took to the microphone. In his address to the crowd, Abdalla explained his disgust with not only a video of boys making fun of rape, which he explained he had only viewed three days ago, but with anyone who targets and goes after children.

People from all over the country are represented at the rally. One person who addressed the crowd asked for cheers from Kentucky, Virginia, Texas, California, New York and the number of states went on. It was even mentioned that some had flown in from overseas to attend.




We are just 24 hours away from the second Occupy Steubenville rally.

While things are relatively quiet right now, that's all about to change as a massive crowd is expected at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

Again, members and supporters of the group Anonymous plan to rally in support of the alleged victim in this case. But this time around, advocates are being asked to speak.

WTRF will be live in Steubenville for the rally.

Meanwhile, CNN has been covering the story for more than 24 hours now. The story was featured on multiple programs on the cable news channel, including "Starting Point" and "A.C. 360."




WTRF has created a landing page for all news stories and news videos from WTRF concerning the Steubenville rape case from as early as August, 2012. To view the archive, click here.




The rape case in Steubenville has generated enough talk on social media that now CNN has picked up coverage. This morning, the case, and the widely talked about video released yesterday, were featured.

Blogger Alexandria Goddard was also interviewed about her research on the case over the past few months. View the story here.

Also today, WTRF has learned that one of the special prosecutors dealing with this case has left to take another job in the private sector.

Officials with Attorney General Mike Dewine's office confirmed just an hour ago that Jennifer Bramby has left and Associate Assistant Attorney General Brian Deckert will be taking her place.




A video has resurfaced that is related to the Steubenville rape case, which has caught the attention of certain hacktivist groups. Operation Roll Red Roll continues to play out on social media as links to information involving an alleged rape case in Steubenville have been posted on localleaks.blogs.ru/. 

The video was posted on YouTube of a male juvenile reportedly on the night of the alleged incident. The video is posted on, http://youtu.be/A0drRrNWpNE. The video was first posted today under the user name Mark Bacchus. #Knightsec, who claims to have hacked rollredroll.com, posted the link to the information on his twitter account.  

This case has put public officials in Jefferson County in the spotlight, including Steubenville Police Chief Bill McCafferty. McCafferty released a statement to 7News regarding the recent events that have occurred. The statement reads: 

"The Steubenville police department has been aware of this recent video that was released. Since late August 2012 the subject who made the video was interviewed. This has all been turned over to the prosecutors which are the Ohio Attorney Generals Office, who is prosecuting this case. It's always been the policy of the Steubenville Police Department not to make comments on details of a case prior to it going to trial. I know this is frustrating for some. I can't change that now, as you know this is a high profile case and for the parties interested I believe I should not make a comment on it because I can't make a comment on it. It's being handled by an outside agency." 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine also spoke to 7News regarding the case. DeWine mentioned that this case is of utmost importance.

"We understand how important this case is," said DeWine. "This is one of the most important cases to us. Our goal is to find out exactly what happened and to prosecute those who are involved."

DeWine continued, stating he hopes the public understands that his mission and that of his office is to find the truth.

""What I hope people will understand is that we go at this case, and go at this investigation from an impartial point of view, we simply want to find the truth. And we're gather all the information that there is," DeWine said. "We fully understand the importance to the community in making sure that the truth comes out and that we know exactly what's going on."

The Office of the Ohio Attorney General is requesting the public's help. If anyone has any information they are urged to call the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 1-800-224-6446 or 1-800-BCI-OHIO.

The frenzy has attracted the attention of the Huffington Post. They released an article highlighting a number of details from recent events. Click here to read the Huffington Post's assessment of the situation.

In addition to the recent Internet incidents, a second rally is being planned for Saturday, Jan. 5 at the Jefferson County Courthouse. Members and supporters of the hacktivist group "Anonymous" plan to rally in support of the alleged victim in this case. 7News has learned this rally will be more organized than the first, as advocates are being asked to speak. The rally is scheduled to begin at noon.

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