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Ohio U Student Tweets Picture of Alleged Sexual Assault in Progress

Vance Blanc twitter profile

(Twitter)

Ohio University student Vance Blanc (above) took a picture of a public sex act last Saturday at the school’s Homecoming and posted it to Twitter:

After the girl in the picture reported she was a victim of sexual assault, Vance deleted the picture, but he added that he “Had to delete that pic tho… it was fun while it lasted.”

His apparent lack of remorse prompted the Daily Mail, which outed his name, to paint him as a “heartless” bro who “failed to prevent” a rape.

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(Twitter)

While Vance’s reaction in the wake of the incident was callous and juvenile, it’s quite possible that, at the time he took the photo, the 19-year-old assumed he was witnessing consensual sex.

The controversy hinges on a now-deleted Instagram video, taken by someone else, which according to Buzzfeed, police have seen.

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While the video has since been pulled down, one Buzzfeed commenter said the girl was not unconscious:

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Here’s a different view of the victim in the alleged assault, still incapacitated on the ground the next morning:

The Ohio U police chief acknowledged that social media evidence can be valuable, and in this case could keep a rapist from going free, but condemned the witnesses’ behavior:

What is more disturbing are the social implications of what it means for someone to have been standing there watching this thing happen, videotaping it with their phone instead of getting involved and trying to help the victim.

Regarding the police and their handling of the matter, however, the assault reportedly occurred a block from the police department and sheriff’s office, David Dewitt of The Athens News told Buzzfeed.

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It remains unclear whether Vance or the Instagram videographer, Kal_Vizuals, had any idea they might be witnessing a sexual assault.

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His Twitter page — which cites God and volleyball as his chief concerns — has been disabled (here’s the cache), but Blanc has a Tumblr called TheMindofVance, which shows activity today:

Vance Blanc tumblr

According to this record of scholarships at Blanc’s high school, he was the 2013 recipient of three monetary awards: the Gateway Scholarship, the Gateway Trustee Award, and the Joseph “Murph” Irwin Scholarship.

Vance Blanc high school scholarships

According to this obituary, Joseph “Murph” Irwin, a standout volleyball athlete at Blanc’s high school, died of a ruptured aorta in 2009 at age 19, while a freshman at Duquesne University.

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4 comments

  1. The unblurred photo shows that she is clearly smiling and acknowledging the crowd. I can see why you wouldn’t want to post that but I don’t think it’s right to show the guy who simply took the picture.

  2. that girl passed out by the fence is not the same girl from the video. 
    1. Different Color Shirt
    2. Girl in video wasn’t wearing high boots
    3.  Look like different color bag
    4. Girl passed out has big chunky bracelet, girl in video had a small watch.

  3. FYI: the photo of the girl in the second photo 1) not the same girl and 2) was taken on Sat afternoon around 3:00pm  and 3) she was not passed out, she was talking to someone on her cell phone (see her right hand). I witnessed this girl outside of the Courtside Bar.

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