[Content Note: Rape]
Here is a horrific article that is very long and is in places written from a place hostile to feminism, so I don't really recommend reading it, but there it is for a leaping-off point.
The short version of the story is that it is absolutely possible to abuse and rape an unconscious girl, in front of dozens of witnesses at multiple parties, to have the abuse captured in photographs, video, and confessional tweets posted to the abusers' accounts, to have the story popularized by a nationally-recognized feminist blogger, and to still walk off without a jail sentence and have the larger surrounding community rally around you because that unconscious slut was asking for it, really.
There's a lot to say about this story and not a whole lot that I know how to put into words. I guess, for starters, Rape Culture exists. A lot of people still struggle with that term, as though it means some kind of Plant of the Rapes where Steely Men of Gor wander the earth ravishing every woman who crosses their path, or something equally unreal.
That's not what rape culture means. Rape culture means, at least in part, that it is common for an unconscious girl to be blamed for her own rape, and that it is common for the people who literally witnessed and recorded said rape to continue to be friends with and supporters of the rapists who committed the rape. That shit happens so often that it's not even news -- and every single one of us knows or has encountered someone in our life who would hear a story like this and say something like, "well, they were wrong to rape her, but she still should have..." Because that is what rape culture does: it infests otherwise seemingly nice and pleasant people with horrific victim blaming attitudes.
Then, too, it needs to be said that rapists are not nice people. Can we put that meme to rest? We do need to talk about the fact that rapists are not all Scary Men In Bushes and that a lot of seemingly nice men commit rape and that this is in fact a very big problem and feeds into a lot of attitudes about why rape victims are totes lying bitches but THAT conversation is not the same as THIS one that keeps coming up about these boys being basically decent folks once you get past the whole "rapes unconscious girls" thing. Rape is a not a minor character flaw on the level of picking one's nose in public. Rapists are not nice. Even if they seem like it.
And if you, personally, think a rapist is a nice person, then congratulations: you are imperfect like everyone else on earth and you were fooled into thinking this person was nice when they really aren't. We've all been there. Deal with the revelation in some way other than digging deeper and deeper to insist that no, really, they really are nice because that shit is not cool and denial is not just a river in Egypt.
Lastly, on a side tangent, this is one of the many, many reasons why it is racist fuckwittery to pretend that "this sort of thing" only happens in those OTHER countries where feminism isn't as much of a thing. Because while I'm sure it's very reassuring for a Privileged Person to tell themselves how amazingly advanced and awesome we are in the U.S. of A., the reality is that we frequently fail to send to prison people for whom there is video evidence of raping an unconscious girl. This isn't the first time this has happened here, and it won't be the last, and no amount of shuffling the blame onto stereotypes about Small Town People or Southerners or Sports Teams or whatever seems convenient to hand can erase that. We have a rape culture problem in America. It's as simple as that.