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Redneck Sexual Assault Captured On Video (UPDATED)

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Direct from the Deep South, the Real America, where people respect the individual and old-fashioned gentility reigns: WATCH, AFTER THE JUMP, as what appears to be a University of Alabama student sexually assaults a young man who's passed out from (I assume) alcohol poisoning at a sporting event, while a dozen or more fellow students cheer him on. (NSFW)

And hey, University of Alabama, if you're reading: Do you recognize this kid? Are you going to speak with him? Because in the era of cell phone cameras, too many incidents like this one could really damage your sterling reputation.

UPDATE: Never mind. This wasn't a sporting event at all -- apparently, despite all the Alabamian regalia, this occured in a Krystal fast food joint on Bourbon Street in New Orleans during last night's game. And the perp's not a student. He's an actual grown male who seems proud of his behavior, and who has taken to bragging about it on Twitter. There's a rumor about that the victim has since died, but I haven't seen any evidence to suggest that's the case.

UPDATE: The clip has been taken down. Deadspin has a copy posted.

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  1. Kiwi: Or he just likes to f__k with us to get attention. As annoying as it is, I guess I would feel better if that was the case. I find it disturbing when people can't grasp the concept of consent as it is a foundational concept in free societies.

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Jan 15, 2012 9:00:42 PM

  2. Though Sexual Assault varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, it boils down to anything that involves unwanted (or non-consensual) sexual contact that has not become rape (i.e. non-consensual penetration). : and I quote

    "unwanted sexual contact that stops short of rape or attempted rape. This includes sexual touching and fondling."

    Thus, this is definitely sexual assault at the minimum.

    Persons in public should not have to worry about being assaulted in this manner, no matter the circumstance. That is, if they are inebriated or not, if they are high or not, no one has the right to conduct themselves in a matter as the 'redneck' in this video has toward anyone, be they male, female, high, drunk, or sleeping.

    Posted by: Andr_uu | Jan 15, 2012 10:12:17 PM

  3. Nice to know that Jason wants his arm chopped off.

    Is a gay version of "Boxing Helena" in his future?

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 15, 2012 11:04:39 PM

  4. JP - I live in a (civilized) state where legally, if you are under the influence, even if you say yes, a perpetrator can be prosecuted. The person in this situation obviously couldn't say no, much less yes. With video evidence, along with witnesses, I'd say that in a civilized state, this could be prosecuted.

    But even if it wasn't prosecutable, does that mean that it was no big deal, no harm done? Does moral behavior depend on law to define it?

    Posted by: TJ | Jan 15, 2012 11:31:02 PM

  5. Charges will have to be filed now that this is all over the Internet.

    It is illegal to stick your finger up the nose of a person who is passed out from intoxication.

    It is illegal to place your genitals (this appears to be more than just teabagging, and included the tiny penis as well, and a humping motion) on somebody without their knowledge or consent.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 16, 2012 1:16:31 AM

  6. Where are his friends? Does he have any friends? Just to leave him there passed out is telling of the friends he has. Sad.

    Posted by: Dale | Jan 16, 2012 1:29:27 AM

  7. And people wonder why I left the south at 18 and never went back.

    Posted by: darkmoonman | Jan 16, 2012 2:00:09 AM

  8. How about emailing this to the local/state police and or PRESS in Alabama? The attacker is easy enough to identify.
    I'm sure it would go viral and the attacker would be caught. If the victim did supposedly die from the attack it is called murder.
    Then the shithead could enjoy the same things in prison though in an opposite manner (RAPED himself)

    Posted by: Darrell | Jan 16, 2012 2:23:48 AM

  9. was the guy dead? he couldn't possibly be in THAT deep a sleep that they could do all those things to him and he never woke up.

    Posted by: Jamie | Jan 16, 2012 2:56:15 AM

  10. Brandon K Thorp is the reason why I stopped visiting Towleroad on the weekends. This post is an excellent example of why it is never okay to denigrate a huge group of people based on a single connective trait. Here, Brandon (incorrectly) targets the people of Alabama. I don't believe it's appropriate to defame an entire state or an entire University over the actions of a few. After all, wouldn't the LGB community be livid if a video was posted of someone who might be gay (based solely on that is what Brandon did) doing something horrible and then stating that all gay people are like that?

    Also, the South-bashing gets old fast. And, it's even worse when the basher claims he is Southern. Those that bash us conveniently forget that one of the biggest recent legal affronts to the LGB community happened in the "liberal" State of Calfornia.

    Posted by: alex | Jan 16, 2012 3:11:58 AM

  11. And the ignorance continues ( in this case, no judgment included, because ignorance, in essence, is simply lack of knowledge. Willfull ignorance? That's a whole 'nother story). Ever heard of a "blackout" regarding (in this case, presumed) alcohol intoxication? That's when people tell you about all of the crazy things you've done while drunk, about which you have no recollection. Imagine being passed out after alcohol abuse. Alcohol is a depressant, meaning, it depresses (inhibits, retards) response. Hence, the rational re: consent. Assuming intoxication, it is not at all surprising that the victim did not fight back.

    Posted by: TJ | Jan 16, 2012 3:21:51 AM

  12. This has nothing to do with the south. This kind of stuff happens throughout this great country of ours, where ever drunken louts, and sports fans gather.

    Far more than the tea bagging, I am appalled by the indifference of the crowd, that no one was concerned for this guy, or thought to call an ambulance.

    I hope he is alright, but even if he is, and his condition has to do with his choice to get drunk, then this may not be the last time that he places himself in a vulnerable, and quite dangerous situation. He could be any number of friends and family who laughed at me when I expressed concern for them.

    Even worse than the disrespect the man who tea bagged him showed, is the disrespect that many people have for themselves.

    Posted by: Ricco | Jan 16, 2012 5:42:48 AM

  13. Somehow college guys think they're not really naked if they just show their balls but hide their penis. That's what makes it not count as sexual assault... It's one person touching another person with a funny body part. It's just a college prank. This is where the bar has been set.

    Obviously the guy isn't trying to be sexual... He wouldn't rub his face with a hard penis in this situation because that would cross a line.

    Would you consider it sexual assault if the person was mooning the camera? Or even rubbing the guy with a butt cheek while mooning?

    Posted by: Bart | Jan 16, 2012 7:53:37 AM

  14. It seems like most of the people commenting haven't heard of "tea bagging". It's something a lot of college guys do all over their country. They poke their balls out of their pants and take pictures of their balls on top of other guys' faces that are passed out.

    Yes it's awful if that guy really died, but that's beside the point. It's be awful if they were writing funny things on his face with a marker or tying his shoelaces or doing anything else not realizing the poor guy's dying.

    But to call this sexual assault, when there are other people in this world that are actually being sexually assaulted, is crazy. Get a grip, you guys.

    Posted by: Bart | Jan 16, 2012 8:04:45 AM

  15. I see the following are working overtime now on TR:

    1) Shills

    2) Democratic party 2012 talking points sucking up to
    a] 'Minorities'
    b] Woman
    c] Demonize/scapegoat white males, especially working-class [extra points if southern]

    3) Leftist gay elite agenda [yes, it actually exist]:

    Never waste any opportunity to demonize organized religion, especially Christianity. Demonize white males [especially southern and/or working class] when ever possible. Troll/make up fake outrages if possible.

    And no, I'm not:


    The party shills and true believers need new material; this 2012 not 1965.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 16, 2012 8:59:58 AM

  16. @Ratbastard: Saying that you aren't something doesn't mean that your aren't. For example, Rick Santorum claims that he is not homophobic. Bill O'Reilly says he's not a Republican. Marcus Bachmann claims not to be a homosexual. See how that works?

    Why are you bringing up race or gender anyway? Both the perpetrator and the victim were guys. Both guys were white. Both black and white people equally refused to help the passed out guy. No one here has made an argument about race or gender. There is a discussion of the South, but it's been about the opinion that the region is lagging socially and culturally. And you're the first person to even bring up partisanship. No one in this video is wearing a Democrat or Republican t-shirt - just one LSU shirt and a whole lot of Alabama gear.

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Jan 16, 2012 9:16:39 AM

  17. I really hope the South does not rise again. They are backward folks

    Posted by: Brian35 | Jan 16, 2012 9:42:47 AM


    My posts often seem to hit raw nerves. I'm not a shill [paid or unpaid], or a troll, but an INDEPENDENT THINKER. The truth hurts.

    And your attempt to psychoanalysis me is lame.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 16, 2012 9:54:59 AM

  19. And Ryan, I bring up race and gender ONLY in the context of publicly admitted Democratic party talking points and 2012 election strategy:

    Suck up to 'minorities' [including females]

    Write off / scapegoat white males and 'working class' whites. And of course, southerners.

    The overall TONE of many TR stories [and corresponding posts] fit clearly into this strategy, IMHO.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 16, 2012 10:00:40 AM

  20. The video can be found here:

    Posted by: jRiz | Jan 16, 2012 10:18:50 AM

  21. Ratbastard: You posted a comment that is hardly connected to the story or the discussion about the story. Tell me again, who is the shill here? It seems like it's you.

    Psychoanalyze you? Yeah, right. I'm a political theorist, not a psychiatrist (or a miracle worker).

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Jan 16, 2012 10:32:49 AM

  22. I don't use the behavior of drunk frat boys as a standard of what is acceptable behavior. I have participated in education seminars for college students who are surprised to learn what counts legally as sexual assault. Acceptable behavior for some males includes making sure that females at parties drink the "special" (high proof) punch, because it makes them easy. Acceptable behavior includes hazing, which led to the death of a student at the university I attended.

    Arguably, frat brothers/dorm mates willingly attending parties know what they are getting into, and what gets done to one results in payback in kind (although, truth be told, I've listened to the pain of victims of "party pranks" - male and female - and they didnt find the experience all that humorous). If I went to a bar and willingly tipped a go-go dancer to tea bag me, that would definitely be a whole 'nother thing. But rubbing one's genitals on a drunk stranger in an effort to humiliate him = harmless hyjinx? Really? If that happened to you, and it got broadcast over the Internet, would you be giggling?

    Posted by: TJ | Jan 16, 2012 11:28:23 AM

  23. Wow. They grow 'em small in Alabama.

    Posted by: SCollingsworth | Jan 16, 2012 12:13:39 PM

  24. this is shameful behavior, but Ive seen gay men do the same thing under the influence of alcohol. I dont think its right to single this out as Southern behavior or straight-guy behavior. Just shameful human behavior

    Posted by: dizzyspins | Jan 16, 2012 1:20:09 PM

  25. Two things...

    First off, you might want to update again because the twitter you posted is a guy that was just CLAIMING to be the man so he could gain more followers... now he's bragging about how no one actually researched it (deadspin, etc) and he gained a ton of followers... he looks NOTHING like the man in the video.

    Now, although I agree that this is horrible, the reality is that this is the same kind of stupid college type thing that happens all over the country. It was just a couple of years ago that I was at parties (not from the south) and this type of thing would go on all of the time. There are also videos online of some famous soccer players in europe doing it to a friend that is sleeping, slapping their balls on his face... I get what you are all upset about, but it's NOT a southern thing, it's a drunk dumb thing, and the victim isn't even upset about it from what I have read elsewhere. He saw it as a prank, which is what it was intended to be.

    I personally find the thing that is MORE upsetting is that this man CLEARLY was far over the limit in what he drank. He was passed out in a VERY loud public place being touched and stuff put on him without waking up. He should take some responsibility in getting that hammered, but I'm disgusted that no one called for help. I find that to be the worst part

    Posted by: Joey | Jan 16, 2012 1:30:40 PM

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