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Sexual assault of Savannah Dietrich
Location Louisville, Kentucky
Date August 2011; 9 years ago (August 2011)
Attack type Sexual assault
Victim Savannah Dietrich

Savannah Dietrich, an American high-school student, was sexually assaulted by several football players at a party in Louisville, Kentucky in August 2011.[1] The assault was photographed by participants and observers, and images and comments from the incident went viral on the internet. International controversy regarding the case developed when Dietrich released the names of her attackers, violating a gag order, after they had received a sentence described as lenient. Dietrich was sued by some of the boys for defamation. After the controversy, the original sentence against the boys was strengthened.[clarify]

Plea deal and gag order

The two 16-year-old boys plead guilty to the event and Dietrich was ordered not to speak about the event by the judge presiding over the case.[2] The initial plea deal agreed to by prosecutors was 50 hours community service, a diversion agreement, counseling, and if they stay out of trouble, their record would be expunged at age 19 and a half.[3]

The court ordered her not to talk about it, or she would receive 180 days in prison and a $500 fine.[4] The state of Kentucky is one of 11 states which seal court cases if the accused is under 18 years of age.[5]

Dietrich said she thought her concerns were not properly addressed, and that the proposed deal was too lenient. Paul Richwalsky, the chief prosecutor in the juvenile court division said she should "get over it and see a therapist. … The jail was for 'real' rapists, murderers and robbers,". Dietrich later tweeted the names of the defendants, in violation of the gag order.[6]

At the sentencing, which occurred after the controversy had been widely disseminated, the judge modified the terms of the plea bargain, and the defendants plead guilty to sexual abuse and voyeurism. The deal requires supervision by state's juvenile justice department, offender treatment and perform 50 hours of community service at a women's facility. Under the terms of the deal the two felonies charges can be amended down to misdemeanors with good behavior and expunged in five years.

See also


  1. Hugo Gye (2012-09-03). "Savannah Dietrich was told to 'get over it' by lawyer after being assaulted by classmates | Mail Online". Retrieved 2013-01-07.
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  4. Plait, Phil (2012-07-23). "Savannah Dietrich outs her rapists on Twitter and Facebook". Retrieved 2013-01-07.
  5. "Page 2: Kentucky Teen Sexually Assaulted, Then Threatened With Jail Time - ABC News". 2012-08-20. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
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[1] [2] [3]

  1. Pesta, Abigail (December 10, 2012). "‘Thanks for Ruining My Life’". Newsweek (The Daily Beast). Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  2. "Savannah Dietrich comes face-to-face with admitted abusers". Louisville, Kentucky: WDRB. September 19, 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  3. Riley, Jason; Andrew Wolfson (August 31, 2012). "Teens who assaulted 16-year-old thought it would be 'funny'". USA Today (Louisville, Kentucky: Gannett). Retrieved 4 January 2013.
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