Exclusive: Louisville teen shares story of sexual assault on 'Nightline'

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 20, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 21 at 8:57 AM

(WHAS11) -- Savannah Dietrich, 17, is speaking publicly for the first time about a night of underage drinking last August that she said left her blacked out and then sexually assaulted. Two teenage boys admitted to the incident and spreading photos of Dietrich.

“It should be my God given right to talk about what happened to me,” Dietrich said.

The boys were offered what some called a lenient plea deal in June. Dietrich became upset over the deal and went on the Internet revealing who her attackers were, which violated the confidentiality of the juvenile court.

“The one main post I got in trouble for was where I said the boys’ names and said they sexually assaulted me,” Dietrich said.

Savannah could have faced jail time for the tweet.

“If they feel like this is justice, then I really don’t know what justice is. I thought it was supposed to protect the victim, not prosecute them,” Dietrich said.

Attorney David Mejia represents one of the boys and he filed a motion to hold her in contempt of court, but after national backlash he removed it.

“The contempt motion, as it's purpose, was not to jail or punish her. It was to have her come to court, remove my client’s name, remove her words from the Internet, and I was hoping that she would have some remorse or apology to give, but that didn't happen,” Mejia said.

“I’m not going to apologize to someone who attacked me. So, I refuse that,” Dietrich said.

Attorney Thomas Clay represents Dietrich.

“She's a remarkable young woman, and I think she's shown a great deal of courage in her willingness to stand up and let things come out about what happened to her and how the system treated her,” Clay said.

The juvenile case records are confidential which means the boys identities, charges and their sentence will remain a secret unless a judge chooses to make the files public.

“If the proceedings are opened up I think it would put things in a much clearer perspective and allow the public to scrutinize what happened and to see if the matters were handled properly,” said Clay.

The hearing regarding the confidential case files is set for Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 9 a.m. Dietrich was expected to be at the hearing. Stay with WHAS11 and WHAS11.com for updates.
 

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