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March 28th, 2013
10:57 AM ET

Two College students' Anti-rape video "A Needed Response" goes viral

Samantha Stendal and Aaron Blanton are two film students from the University of Oregon, who made an anti-rape viral video called "A Needed Response.” They sit down with Soledad Obrien on Starting Point to talk about the quick and surprising reaction the video has received so far.

Stendal claims she came up with the idea for the video while she was "studying for finals, and reading up on the Steubenville Rape Case." The video is only 26 seconds long, and shows what a man should do if he finds a girl passed out drunk.

She pursued making this video after witnessing the entire "victim blaming that was going on online, and the general rape culture, and seeing all the negative responses that this female was getting in this case." She claims she "really wanted to have something that was out there that was positive toward a victim of rape."

Their anti-rape video quickly reached 1.5 million views. Blanton was very surprised that the video resonated with their intended audience, "so the fact that we did so quickly is pretty extraordinary." The Steubenville rape case played out on social media, and outraged many, therefore it is fitting for a viral video to serve as a launching point to They believe that the instant awareness of the video shows that this sort of discourse needs to happen.

Filed under: Rape • Steubenville • Viral video
March 13th, 2013
09:43 AM ET

Steubenville, OH rape trial set to begin – Poppy Harlow reports


(CNN) - Once, high school football was the thing that brought people together in the eastern Ohio town of Steubenville.

That was before two star players of the Steubenville High School football team, demigods in this small, down-on-its-luck town along the banks of the Ohio River, were accused last summer of raping a 16-year-old girl, part of a series of alleged assaults chronicled on social media.

With the two boys at the center of the case set to go to trial on rape charges on Wednesday, an unwelcome national spotlight is shining on Steubenville.

CNN's Poppy Harlow previews the trial on "Starting Point" this morning.

READ MORE: Teen rape trial shines unwelcome spotlight on Ohio town, football team

Filed under: Steubenville