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High School Students Blackmailed and Raped

Postby McCaber » Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:14 am UTC

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote:Anthony R. Stancl, 18, posing as a female on Facebook, persuaded at least 31 boys to send him naked pictures and then blackmailed some of the boys into performing sex acts under the threat that the pictures would be released to the rest of the high school, authorities say.

This is some fucked up shit here. I'm not really sure what to say besides that some people are idiots and some people are terrible.

If this guy gets convicted he'll get over 300 years in prison. He deserves every one of them.
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Re: High School Students Blackmailed into Gay Sex

Postby william » Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:28 am UTC

This guy is a grade A fucktard.
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Re: High School Students Blackmailed into Gay Sex

Postby Solt » Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:34 am UTC

Don't send naked pictures of yourself to people on the internet?

I would think that one would be obvious.

Don't do it kids.
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Re: High School Students Blackmailed into Gay Sex

Postby Brooklynxman » Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:41 am UTC

Wow.

Just.....wow. Some people dont think, and some people shouldnt be allowed to (agreed he deserves every single one of his 300 years)
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Re: High School Students Blackmailed into Gay Sex

Postby Pa-Patch » Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:48 am UTC

It is a dick move, but if you don't want nude pictures of yourself on the internet, don't take nude pictures of yourself and send them to people. This is their own damn fault.
Especially if you've never met the person. Especially considering that people who'd be willing to engage in sex acts they don't want to do to cover it up are people who are especially concerned about their nudity.

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Re: High School Students Blackmailed into Gay Sex

Postby Belial » Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:09 am UTC

Solt wrote:Don't send naked pictures of yourself to people on the internet?

I would think that one would be obvious.

Don't do it kids.


0-to-victim-blaming in 3 posts!

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Re: High School Students Blackmailed into Gay Sex

Postby Jahoclave » Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:22 am UTC

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Re: High School Students Blackmailed into Gay Sex

Postby The Great Hippo » Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:22 am UTC

Pa-Patch wrote:This is their own damn fault.
Explain to me how being forcibly pressured into sex is ever the victim's fault. And please, use small words. I might get lost, otherwise.
Pa-Patch wrote:Especially considering that people who'd be willing to engage in sex acts they don't want to do to cover it up are people who are especially concerned about their nudity.
Did you ever actually attend high-school? Are you aware of just how much pressure a student's peers can exert?

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Re: High School Students Blackmailed into Gay Sex

Postby T-Form » Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:24 am UTC

Belial wrote:0-to-victim-blaming in 3 posts!

Keep trying, and maybe you'll hit a record

Actually, I think the first post might have won that race with "some people are idiots", although I guess it's a bit ambiguous as to whether it refers to the sending of pictures or to the bomb threat. On the other hand, the posts condemning the alleged blackmailer/rapist have a rather concerning guilty-until-proven-innocent feel to them.

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Re: High School Students Blackmailed into Gay Sex

Postby roc314 » Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:30 am UTC

T-Form wrote:
Belial wrote:0-to-victim-blaming in 3 posts!

Keep trying, and maybe you'll hit a record

Actually, I think the first post might have won that race with "some people are idiots", although I guess it's a bit ambiguous as to whether it refers to the sending of pictures or to the bomb threat. On the other hand, the posts condemning the alleged blackmailer/rapist have a rather concerning guilty-until-proven-innocent feel to them.

The article wrote:More than 300 naked photos and movie clips of New Berlin boys and another 600 professionally made pornographic movies involving children were found on the computer, Schimel said. The computer contained 39 folders that were labeled using the boys' names or their screen names. The folders held pictures and movie clips of the boys.
1, there's evidence of what he did.
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For example, if you see person A shoot person B in the head and kill them, even though legally, A cannot be punished until after they are proven guilty, do you really need to wait until the end of the trial to say A is guilty?
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Re: High School Students Blackmailed into Gay Sex

Postby apeman5291 » Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:34 am UTC

Belial wrote:
0-to-victim-blaming in 3 posts!

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Belial, didn't you red-text in the very first response to the Dear SB rape thread? Or was that preemptive?

The article wrote:Anthony R. Stancl, 18,...

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Re: High School Students Blackmailed into Gay Sex

Postby Amarantha » Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:03 am UTC

The thread title wrote:High School Students Blackmailed into Sex
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Re: High School Students Blackmailed into Gay Sex

Postby TheGrammarBolshevik » Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:08 am UTC

The thread title wrote:High School Students Raped


Fix'd so that *ahem* certain people understand what they're defending here.
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Re: High School Students Blackmailed into Gay Sex

Postby Pa-Patch » Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:15 am UTC

The Great Hippo wrote:
Pa-Patch wrote:This is their own damn fault.
Explain to me how being forcibly pressured into sex is ever the victim's fault. And please, use small words. I might get lost, otherwise.
Pa-Patch wrote:Especially considering that people who'd be willing to engage in sex acts they don't want to do to cover it up are people who are especially concerned about their nudity.
Did you ever actually attend high-school? Are you aware of just how much pressure a student's peers can exert?


I was there a year ago, to be quite honest. I wouldn't have let myself be abused to keep naked photos of myself secret. I wouldn't have given anyone nude photos of myself to begin with.

I'm also not defending it, guys, don't interpret a little bit of glibness as supporting this. Thinking that they shouldn't have let themselves be put in that position does not mean I'm okay with the people who take advantage. The guy responsible should be punished, and it's quite bad that 12 year olds were involved and a 15 year-old was abused. I still think they should have known better, especially the 18-19 year olds.

Editing in an analogy: Say someone gets themselves conned out of money. It's possible to think they acted foolishly and feel bad for them and disapprove of whoever conned them.

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Re: High School Students Blackmailed into Gay Sex

Postby Lucrece » Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:22 am UTC

Pet peeve......STOP saying "gay sex". In the title, it is of little relevance. In the OP, the fact that a male is revealed to be blackmailing them should hint that we're dealing with a predatory gay man. To say that some boys are being forced to have "gay sex" by a man is redundant.

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Postby apeman5291 » Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:29 am UTC

Pa-Patch wrote:I'm also not defending it, guys, don't interpret a little bit of glibness as supporting this. Thinking that they shouldn't have let themselves be put in that position does not mean I'm okay with the people who take advantage. The guy responsible should be punished, and it's quite bad that 12 year olds were involved and a 15 year-old was abused. I still think they should have known better, especially the 18-19 year olds.

Editing in an analogy: Say someone gets themselves conned out of money. It's possible to think they acted foolishly and feel bad for them and disapprove of whoever conned them.

I agree. I also don't think that Solt's post was necessarily victim-blaming, on these same grounds. You can warn someone about walking down dark alleys alone without thinking that it's their fault if they get killed doing it.
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Postby The Great Hippo » Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:36 am UTC

Pa-Patch wrote:Editing in an analogy: Say someone gets themselves conned out of money. It's possible to think they acted foolishly and feel bad for them and disapprove of whoever conned them.
Okay. Do you understand how this sentiment is different from the following?
Pa-Patch wrote:This is their own damn fault.
Regardless of high-risk actions, a person never 'deserves' what they get. I don't care if a black guy walks into the middle of a Klu Klux Klan sponsored gun show convention with "KILL WHITEY" written on his shirt while waving two burning confederate flags and screaming 'JEFF FOXWORTHY JOKES SUCK!'; he bares no blame at all for whatever harm befalls him. High risk behavior in no way impacts the dynamics of responsibility between the perpetrators and the victims. It's irrelevant for the purposes of determining blame and punishment.

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Postby Pa-Patch » Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:43 am UTC

Scratch out my inappropriate damn and they're not that different. There's a difference between saying someone is at fault and someone deserves something, or that whoever takes advantage is blameless.
I'm not saying that their actions should have anything to do with how much the perpetrator is punished. We're on the same page there, if you misunderstood me. I'm just saying that what the victims did was high risk behavior and was foolish. I'd go as far as to say that if you engage in risky business what happens is, at least in part, your fault, but then we're getting into some philosophical debate that has to do with a lot more than this article and probably has it's own thread in SB. I'm not using "fault" in a sense of legality or anything, just in terms of thinking of their behavior.

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Postby roc314 » Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:47 am UTC

Fault:

2. Responsibility for a mistake or an offense; culpability. See Synonyms at blame.
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Postby Pa-Patch » Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:49 am UTC

Yeah, I'd say what they did was "A mistake; an error."

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Postby The Great Hippo » Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:55 am UTC

Pa-Patch wrote:I'd go as far as to say that if you engage in risky business what happens is, at least in part, your fault, but then we're getting into some philosophical debate that has to do with a lot more than this article and probably has it's own thread in SB.


This sentiment will lead you to places that you would probably rather not go.

I would say that it is not a good idea to divvy up responsibility for other people's actions on the basis of how much you were 'asking for it'. Far better to simply point out that the reason that high risk actions are high risk is because the perpetrators have defined them as such. In essence, you're giving the 'bad guys' a stake in determining who gets blamed. "Because I hit people who say 'Snerk', you have some shared responsibility to not say 'Snerk' around me. If you say 'Snerk' around me, well, maybe I'm to blame, but so are you."

No. That's stupid.
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Postby roc314 » Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:56 am UTC

Pa-Patch: I'm trying to decide if it's your fault that you made the fault of being unable to understand which definition is proper in this context.
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Postby Bakemaster » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:03 am UTC

This is most depressing not because some high school guys were blackmailed into rape, but because of what the right-wing pundits will do with it.

I kind of what to preemptively firebomb their radio stations.
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Bakemaster wrote:This is most depressing not because some high school guys were blackmailed into rape, but because of what the right-wing pundits will do with it.

I kind of what to preemptively firebomb their radio stations.

I'm... slow. I'm not connecting the dots here. Are you thinking internet censorship of some sort?
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Postby Pa-Patch » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:07 am UTC

Well, in the future I'll just say mistake when I mean mistake and responsibility when I mean responsibility, to leave out ambiguity. I probably should have bit a bit more careful with my choice of words, but at this point what I meant is pretty clearly explained and we're just talking semantics.

To use your example, I'm not saying that we shouldn't feel bad for people who say 'Snerk' and get hit, or give any less punishment to people who punch people punch people with that supposed "justification".
I'm just saying that people who DO around around those people saying 'Snerk' and don't want to get punched might not be acting intelligently.

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Postby roc314 » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:09 am UTC

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Bakemaster wrote:This is most depressing not because some high school guys were blackmailed into rape, but because of what the right-wing pundits will do with it.

I kind of what to preemptively firebomb their radio stations.

I'm... slow. I'm not connecting the dots here. Are you thinking internet censorship of some sort?
Teenager forces others into gay sex. This is obviously proof that all those dirty homosexuals are all evil and shouldn't have any rights. Hey, don't yell at me for being bigoted, I just tell it like it is and keep it fair and balanced.
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Postby apeman5291 » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:09 am UTC

Oh..... Yeah, this might not turn out so good.
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Postby Aikanaro » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:10 am UTC

You forgot: it's also Obama's fault.
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Postby TheGrammarBolshevik » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:11 am UTC

*sigh*

Rape is not going to stop when people don't send naked pictures when "they should know better" or go for walks at night when "they should know better" or wear short skirts when "they should know better." Rape, an intrinsically violent attack on the agency of those that you now charge with avoiding it, will continue as long as rapists are afforded a social environment conducive to rape. That environment grows stronger when rape victims who come forward are shamed for "allowing" themselves to be raped, and when blame for a morally atrocious act on the part of the rapist is declined in favor of blame for a minor lapse in judgment on the part of the victim.

Am I honestly having to fucking explain why victims are not responsible for the fact that other people choose to target them?
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Postby Aikanaro » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:13 am UTC

....I think that Pa-Patch's point can be summed up as follows: Sending out naked pictures of yourself on the internet is a bad idea. Don't do it. Also; Rape is bad. Don't do it.
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Postby apeman5291 » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:14 am UTC

Or maybe reverse the order of those two, for clarity.
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Postby Pa-Patch » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:15 am UTC

Aikanaro wrote:....I think that Pa-Patch's point can be summed up as follows: Sending out naked pictures of yourself on the internet is a bad idea. Don't do it. Also; Rape is bad. Don't do it.

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Postby The Great Hippo » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:26 am UTC

Pa-Patch wrote:I'd go as far as to say that if you engage in risky business what happens is, at least in part, your fault, but then we're getting into some philosophical debate that has to do with a lot more than this article and probably has it's own thread in SB.
Emphasis mine.

This is what I was responding to. If you did not mean to say that victims who engage in high risk behavior share some fault for their own victimization, then--in the future--you might want to refrain from saying precisely that.

Just a suggestion.

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Postby TheGrammarBolshevik » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:28 am UTC

Aikanaro wrote:....I think that Pa-Patch's point can be summed up as follows: Sending out naked pictures of yourself on the internet is a bad idea. Don't do it. Also; Rape is bad. Don't do it.


Let's see:

Pa-Patch wrote:[Committing motherfucking rape] is a dick move, but … this is their own damn fault.


Pa-Patch wrote:I still think they should have known better, especially the 18-19 year olds.


Pa-Patch wrote:I'd go as far as to say that if you engage in risky business what happens is, at least in part, your fault


Notice how the focus of criticism immediately shifts to the students who were raped (through the acts of another person, sophistries about "responsibility" aside). The sex was rape precisely because the victims were not willing participants, but Pa-Patch's central idea here has been to assign blame to the victims for an act to which they did not consent. I believe that my two examples of ways in which rape culture is perpetuated are still applicable.

Lastly, quoting for truth because this cuts right to the heart of what I was trying to say before:

The Great Hippo wrote:Far better to simply point out that the reason that high risk actions are high risk is because the perpetrators have defined them as such. In essence, you're giving the 'bad guys' a stake in determining who gets blamed.
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Re: High School Students Blackmailed into Gay Sex

Postby Aikanaro » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:35 am UTC

Fair enough, save for one thing: Some things are bad ideas because perpetrators have, as Hippo said, MADE them defined as bad ideas. Other ideas are kinda intrinsically bad, and the possibility of someone preying on your misstep are simply one more added danger. For example, if someone goes into a dark alley and gets mugged, yes, the "fault" lies with the mugger, not the victim. However, even independent of the possibility of someone ab/using any data you send out, sending out naked pictures of yourself online is just plain intrinsically a bad idea, due to all the bad things that can happen, even ruling out the ill will of fellow human beings.
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Postby TheGrammarBolshevik » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:39 am UTC

True in this specific case, but I am loath to see a discussion about an act of rape turn into a discussion about the acts of those who were forced into it.
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Postby Belial » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:42 am UTC

Aikanaro wrote:Fair enough, save for one thing: Some things are bad ideas because perpetrators have, as Hippo said, MADE them defined as bad ideas. Other ideas are kinda intrinsically bad, and the possibility of someone preying on your misstep are simply one more added danger. For example, if someone goes into a dark alley and gets mugged, yes, the "fault" lies with the mugger, not the victim. However, even independent of the possibility of someone ab/using any data you send out, sending out naked pictures of yourself online is just plain intrinsically a bad idea, due to all the bad things that can happen, even ruling out the ill will of fellow human beings.


I'm curious as to what negative effects sharing naked pictures in private can have outside of the ill will of other human beings.
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Re: High School Students Blackmailed into Gay Sex

Postby Aikanaro » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:45 am UTC

Sharing them over the internet, you mean? Plenty of things can happen by accident....and if something gets out there ONCE, good luck getting rid of it....
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Re: High School Students Blackmailed into Gay Sex

Postby roc314 » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:51 am UTC

There's risk in every activity. If I walk across the street, there's a risk I'll be hit by a car. If I skinny dip in my backyard pool, there's a chance that someone'll look over my fence, take pictures of me in the nude, and post them on the internet. There's a chance that someone I invite to go swimming with me in my backyard because they convinced my they are my friend will take pictures of me naked, and blackmail me if I don't do what they want.

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Re: High School Students Blackmailed into Gay Sex

Postby Belial » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:52 am UTC

Aikanaro wrote:Sharing them over the internet, you mean?


Right. To another person. On the internet. Who would have to share it.
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