No Charges Against Savannah Dietrich for Naming Her Rapists
  • Petitioned Judge Deana "Dee" McDonald

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Kentucky District Court
Judge Deana "Dee" McDonald

No Charges Against Savannah Dietrich for Naming Her Rapists

    1. Elizabeth Beier
    2. Petition by

      Elizabeth Beier

      Berkeley, CA

July 2012


Kentucky teenager Savannah Dietrich was sexually assaulted by two young men from her school. The boys plead guilty but took a plea deal and Savannah was ordered by a judge not to speak about the case. Frustrated, Savannah turned to Twitter because she felt the boys received a lenient plea deal and exposed her attackers. For doing so, she was facing the possibility of a $500 fine and up to 180 days in jail - a punishment likely more severe than what her attackers received. When Elizabeth Beier heard about Savannah's story, she started a petition on and in just two days, more than 100,000 people signed. Shortly after, the two lawyers representing Savannah’s attackers withdrew their motion to hold Savannah in contempt.

"They said I can't talk about it or I'll be locked up. ....Protecting rapists is more important than getting justice for the victim in Louisville." - Savannah Dietrich, sexual assault survivor.

The criminal justice system in this country punishes the victims of sexual violence, while shielding the perpetrators. Savannah Dietrich, 17, was sexually assaulted by two boys while at a party. They took pictures of her while she was passed out and in compromised positions and distributed them. The boys came up with a plea bargain which will likely result with them getting off on "probation", or some other light punishment.

To add insult to injury, the judge ordered Savannah to keep quiet about the attacks because the boys were not being tried as adults. She tweeted the names of her attackers anyway, likely feeling that it is wrong for anyone to get away for what they did to her.

Now, she may face jail time for "contempt" because she stated who attacked her. Her punishment may be up to 180 days in jail and a $500 fine. This girl has already been traumatized and abused by her attackers. Now they want to violate her rights and ability to control her body again by putting her in prison, and the twisted laws are on their side.

Please sign to tell Judge Dee McDonald, stand with rape victims, not their attackers. For too long, rape and assault have gone unreported and unprosecuted. Please do not send Savannah to jail for standing up for herself.

Photo courtesy of the Dietrich Family and ABC News

Judge Deana "Dee" McDonald, Kentucky District Court
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Judge Deana "Dee" McDonald, Louisville, KY.

Judge McDonald,

Please Drop charges against Savannah Dietrich. She should not have to spend time in jail after being assaulted.

Thank you,


[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100,000 signatures
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      Petition Organizer

      "Stand with Savannah Dietrich: No jail time for Assault Survivor". This is a great place to brainstorm next steps and get more people involved.

    3. Reached 50,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • about 2 years ago

      Que los refundan en la carcel y que publiquen sus fotos a todo el mundo, para que todos sepan quienes son y se cuiden de ellos

    • Nydia Diaz LAS VEGAS, NV
      • about 2 years ago

      This is all just too wrong... So the men get a slap on the wrist, and the victim gets to spend time in jail? Why were the "boys" not tried as adults? If they thought they were "man" enough to commit such a heinous sexual act (and then whats worse, take pictures of it so the victim can feel doubly violated), then they should be man enough to face full punishment and get registered as sex offenders. So the whole world can know that this young woman was raped and even see pictures of this shameful violation, and yet the world cant know who did it so the perpetrators can save face? This is not only disgusting, it is inhumane. My prayers go to this young lady facing such a trying time, and to the young men... I have nothing to say to you. You are not worth my time.

    • Lauren Tanner SEAFORD, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      This is sickening! If anyone should be locked up its those boys!

    • J'Nean Tuitt BRONX, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      That is just disgusting. She should be able to name her attackers

    • Joel Cash MARION, IN
      • about 2 years ago

      It is very disturbing that a judge would do this when the boys have been found guilty. Their punishments should be heavier, not the victim's.


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