Very few have not heard of the Steubenville trial, where 2 teenage boys were accused of raping a 16 year old girl.
This happened at an end of school party, where excuberance is expected, but not the anti-climatic, life changing events of this normal right of passage.
The boys were tried and found guilty of the crime.
Newscasters, writers and pundits alike have voiced their dismay, one on air as the verdict was being handed down.
The universal theme, "these young boys with their future ahead of them, are ruined for life".
There were a few rumblings about football and being jocks, lack of adult control, and problems with the system.
One TV commentator wrote an op-ed piece to the teenage girl,telling her to hold her head up, she should Not be ashamed at what happened to her.
Promising her young life will be just fine.
Disclosing that she too, had been a victim of a sexual assault in her youth.
So,this is where we differ famous TV personality, and all others who think the boys are culprits or angels, and the little girl is the righteous victim.
The conduct of those boys were reprehensible, as well as the the on-lookers, taking pictures, and encouraging the mistreatment of this vulnerable girl.
This 16 year old however, drank so much, that she got sick several times that night.
Liquor is a problem for her at this tender age, what happens when she is allowed to drink, legally?
This was NOT the first time she had been described as "sloppy drunk".
She followed the group of boys from house party to house party, drinking all the way.
Did she think that a game of tiddly winks would cap off the evening?
Clearly, she was not thinking.
But in this age of instant and constant communication, did her parents know where she was, and who she was hanging out with?
Did this teenager have a curfew ?
She did not go home that night.
In her need to be popular and liked by the "cool" boys, what did she sacrifice?
Yes, she can hold her head up and go on with her life, but someone should intervene with this whole family, this did not happen in a vacuum.
Lessons to be learned all around, it begins and ends with involved parenting.