NORMAN, Okla. – The woman at the center of abuse allegations from an OU football player is allegedly undergoing an internet hate campaign.
You’ll remember, highly-recruited Joe Mixon is under investigation for allegedly assaulting a young woman near campus.
The woman suffered fractures in her face, but she’s now allegedly receiving nasty messages from a number of Sooner fans.
Many OU fans or football fans in general took to Twitter to express their opinion on the Joe Mixon investigation.
Some of that turned in to what experts call “victim blaming”
Rumors swirled on social media, as OU fans tried to make sense of what happened Friday morning inside Pickleman’s Cafe.
For some, the 20-year-old victim, Amelia Molitor, was to blame.
OU fans took to Twitter saying, “No respect for Amelia Rae Molitor! She’s a rat.”
Another account says, “Amelia Molitor probably deserved it. Just sayin’.”
And “Amelia Molitor… Thank you for ruining Oklahoma’s National Championship Chances.”
Jennifer McLaughlin fights against violence against women and says “victim blaming” happens every day in Oklahoma.
“I understand Oklahoma loves their football and I think that’s great, but I think we also have to look at what are the messages we send from that message,” says McLaughlin. “It trivializes violence when it occurs.”
Still Kevin Finlay, Mixon’s attorney, insists he did nothing wrong saying:
“This past Friday morning Joe Mixon found himself in a situation where he was subjected to both verbal and physical attacks from a very intoxicated and troubled young woman. As a result of these physical attacks, Joe instinctually defended himself against further harm.”
“If you have concern for your welfare you’re focused on getting away from that person,” says McLaughlin. “You’re focused on getting out of that room. You’re focused on trying to get away. Violence is a choice.”
McLaughlin understands there are two sides to every story but thinks regardless, if the allegations are true, Mixon took it too far.
“Was there an option of just walking away?” asks McLaughlin. “If we don’t hold people accountable when they use violence then we are colluding with people who are using violence.”
No charges have been filed against Mixon. Officials say they are still interviewing witnesses and looking for evidence.