Representative Bill Johnson (OH-6) today released the following statement regarding the announcement of the verdict in the Steubenville rape trial:
"This has been a tragic ordeal. Lives have been forever changed because of the reprehensible acts committed by the young men involved. Now that they've been held accountable in court, I'm hopeful that the Steubenville community will begin the difficult process of healing.
As the father of two daughters and grandfather of four granddaughters, I pray that God will grant the victim and her family the grace and strength to overcome this nightmare.
As a nation, we must work harder to ensure that our children understand the devastating, life-changing consequences resulting from the type of morally irresponsible behavior exhibited in this case,"