Crime

A Highland Park Student is Accused of Rape, and Culture Map Kicks Off the Victim Blaming

Update, January 29, 2013: A Dallas County grand jury has declined to indict Romo.

On Tuesday, Ryan Adam Romo, an 18-year-old Highland Park High School senior and star baseball player, was charged with sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony. Romo is accused of raping a HPHS classmate after a Ghostland Observatory concert at the Palladium Ballroom Saturday night.

Given the ingredients involved -- a prominent high school athlete, a rape allegation, and an alleged victim who knows the person she's accusing -- it seemed inevitable that there would be a lot of chatter about the case, and probably some poorly informed opinionizing from the peanut gallery. We just thought it might take longer than one day.

Shows what we know. Claire St. Amant, the managing editor at Culture Map Dallas, the newish digital-media venture, dove right in with both feet yesterday, in a bizarre article that asks, "Is this Highland Park baseball star a rapist?"

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Anna Merlan
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