ABC News’ Nighline program will air a piece this evening on Savannah Dietrich, the Louisville teenager who faced contempt charges for tweeting the names of two boys who sexually assaulted her.
Attorneys said the tweet violated the confidentiality of the juvenile proceeding. But Dietrich’s story spread rapidly across the Internet, and Courier-Journal reporter Jason Riley calls Dietrich “a bit of a First Amendment hero” in the Nightline piece:
“There are some people who felt Savannah has gone too far in talking about this and branding these boys,” Riley said. “A lot of people are misreporting facts. They’re calling the boys rapists, obviously they pleaded guilty to sexual abuse but they were not found guilty of rape.”
Emily Farrar-Crockett, Dietrich’s lawyer, called her client “extremely brave” for speaking out.
“So many children do not come forward and say what people do to them,” she said. “So she is a heroine. She has given a voice to so many people who otherwise might be silent.”