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cathy young

Dark side of zealotry for noble cause

The shocking story of the alleged sexual assault on an intoxicated 16-year-old girl at a party in Steubenville, Ohio, has mobilized activists who see it as an example of a misogynist, rape-enabling culture. The details of the case are troubling and repugnant. But the activist backlash has its own ugly aspects that show the dark side of zealotry for a noble cause.

Two high school football stars have been charged in the attack, in which the girl was apparently stripped and molested while unconscious or near-unconscious while other teens looked on. The day after the party, images and messages related to the incident showed up on the Internet.

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