A 17-year-old sexual assault victim who defied a court order by tweeting the names of her two teenage attackers has been told she won't face a contempt charge.
Savannah Dietrich named and shamed the boys on the social messaging site, writing: 'There you go, lock me up. I'm not protecting anyone that made my life a living Hell.'
She was initially facing a jail sentence for broadcasting the boys' names in anger at their light punishment.
But the motion to hold the Kentucky teen for contempt was withdrawn on Monday, according to David Mejia, an attorney for one of the accused boys, both of whom pleaded guilty to the attack. Mejia says the decision had nothing to do with public sentiment in the case, although an online petition campaign had gathered more than 62,000 signatures.
He said there was no need for the motion now that Dietrich spread word about the case over the Internet.
Dietrich told The Courier-Journal she lashed out because was frustrated by what she felt to be a lenient deal for her attackers.
The boys' attorneys have asked a judge to hold Dietrich in contempt for violating the confidentiality of a juvenile hearing and the judge's order not to speak about it.
'For months, I cried myself to sleep. I couldn't go out in public places,' she told the newspaper, as her father and attorneys sat nearby. 'You just sit there and wonder, who saw (the pictures), who knows?'
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