Roseanne tackles Ohio rape case on Twitter

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  • Two high school football players are accused of raping a girl
  • Roseanne Barr is drawing attention to the case on Twitter and on her radio show
  • She joins Nancy Grace at 8 p.m. ET on HLN
Roseanne Barr has strong opinions about a rape case in Steubenville, Ohio.

Editor's Note: Roseanne Barr joins HLN's Nancy Grace Monday night at 8 p.m. ET.

Comedian Roseanne Barr has joined forces with online activist group Anonymous to take on the rape case in Steubenville, Ohio.

Two high school football players in the small town are accused of raping a girl. The case made headlines when Anonymous published a video of the players joking about the alleged victim.

In an email exchange with Buzzfeed, Roseanne says it was the disturbing details in the case that pushed her to call the local news station and email the governor.

"I got horrified at the usual things that horrify me – rape culture in all its gluttony, complicity of adults to protect athletes, and to help to destroy their victims/prey by painting them as immoral, rather than those who harm them," she wrote to Buzzfeed in an email. "Victim blaming/woman bashing is America's downfall, in Steubenville and in Washington, D.C."

Read more: Attorney wants rape case moved out of Steubenville, Ohio

She struck up what she calls a "Twitter alliance" with Anonymous because “they are so fiercely UNISEXIST.” She referred to them as her “Cyber sons” and has been tweeting about the case ever since she was first tipped off by fans on the social networking site.

“These Anonymous people realized that the web is a weapon, the fiercest sword ever created,” she wrote. “For the first time in history, no church or state can keep the fact/data/truth from the people. This is the true renaissance now. It's biblical to me. Positively revolting!”

She says that while Anonymous is asking for a public apology, she wants to see legal action.

“I only want to see the guilty punished legally for their crimes…” she wrote. “Something good will come of this, though. I think anytime concerned citizens get involved, good things do happen. It's when the people do nothing that bad things occur. I hope that I encourage people to be brave and get involved in all public transaction.”

For more coverage on this case, watch HLN’s Evening Express from 5 p.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET.

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