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Opinion

JOANNA WEISS

After Steubenville, a short and sweet response

Sometimes the best ideas stem from procrastination. While studying for finals at the University of Oregon last week, Samantha Stendal, a 19-year-old sophomore, was following news coverage of the Steubenville, Ohio, rape trial, in which two high school football players were convicted of assaulting a drunken 16-year-old girl. Stendal grew frustrated at the talk about alcohol, the suggestion that assault is a sad-but-inevitable byproduct of partying, the regrets over promising lives cut short by unfortunate “mistakes.”

“I was reading so much on the victim-blaming and ‘rape culture,’ ” Stendler, a film major, told me by phone this week. “I needed to see something positive on the Internet
. . . And I knew that I could make something.”

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