Metro- A teenager has said why she broadcast her friend’s rape live on Periscope, according to prosecutors.
Marina Lonina, 18, said that she ‘got caught up in the likes’ on social media when she decided to film the alleged rape.
She has pleaded not guilty to rape and kidnap along with Raymond Gates, 29, who is alleged to have carried out the attack.
The authorities learned about the alleged rape after another friend saw the images. She told police that she’d filmed the attack to help the victim.
However, prosecutor Ron O’Brien alleged that she was heard ‘giggling and laughing’.
He told WNCN TV ‘I have never seen a case such as this where you would actually live stream a sexual assault. Based on the video that I saw, it didn’t appear for the most part of it that she was attempting to help the victim.’
Her lawyer said she was trying to help the victim when she asked followers ‘What should I do now?’
Ahh, the old rock and hard place situation. You want to stop your friend from getting raped without anyone finding out, but you don't know how to stop your friend from getting raped unless you broadcast it to virtual "friends" online and ask for suggestions. It's not like they have step-by-step tutorials instructing people how to stop rape on YouTube. You almost have no choice but to ask the viewing audience. Everyone knows there is no expert on all things rape like someone that willingly chooses to watch a rape live on the internet. Maybe not the most time efficient way to put an end to a felony, but you know what they say - it's not how long it takes you to do something, it's about making sure you do it right. It's probably pretty rough to deal with having your traumatizing experience streamed to a bunch of strangers, but that's just what you get when you have friends as meticulous as Marina Lolina.
Seriously though, I don't claim to know much about anything. I do know that the day that teenagers feel comfortable considering "I got caught up in the likes" a valid accuse for videotaping an ongoing rape is a dark one. Where does the undying desire for artificial acceptance through followers and 'favorites' go from here? Something tells me that road is just as dim as Johnny Manziel's career path. This girl literally sat there and asked for audience participation like she was that drug addict Steve from 'Blue's Clues'. She basically held an interactive live television show with nonconsensual sex as the backdrop. She "helped" this victim the same way that reporter "rescued" a man drowning in two feet of water. She let someone suffer from the most egregious of crimes just so she could get her viewership up, and if she didn't look like Satan's mistress I would use this story to justify never having children.