New documentary about the Steubenville, OH football scandal examines a small town's rape culture


Roll Red Roll is a new documentary by director and producer Nancy Schwartzman (The Line, xoxosms) which painstakingly reconstructs the August 2012 night where a 16 year old girl was brutally assaulted by members of Steubenville, Ohio's beloved high school football team and "uncovers the engrained rape culture at the heart of the incident," using police footage and interviews with families, residents and students.

Initially receiving minimal coverage by local news, the case began to gain national attention after true crime blogger Alex Goddard (prinniefied.com) shared disturbing social media evidence that provoked questions "about the collusion of teen bystanders, teachers, parents and coaches to protect the assailants and discredit the victim."

Currently in theaters in NYC, Roll Red Roll opens in LA on Friday, April 5.



The Steubenville High School rape occurred in Steubenville, Ohio on the night of August 11, 2012, when a high school girl, incapacitated by alcohol, was publicly and repeatedly sexually assaulted by her peers, several of whom documented the acts on social media. The victim was transported, undressed, photographed, and sexually assaulted. She was also penetrated vaginally by other students' fingers (digital penetration), an act defined as rape under Ohio law.

The callous attitude of the assailants was documented on Facebook, Twitter, text messages, and cell phone recordings of the acts. The crime and ensuing legal proceedings generated considerable controversy and galvanized a national conversation about rape and rape culture. Two students and high school football players, Ma'lik Richmond and Trent Mays, both 16 at the time of the crime, were convicted in juvenile court for the rape of a minor. Additionally, three other adults have been indicted for obstructing the investigation into the rape, while Steubenville's superintendent of schools was charged with hindering the investigation into a rape that took place earlier in 2012.


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