The alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl that occurred last summer in Steubenville, Ohio, goes to trial Wednesday, The New York Times said.
The alleged attackers, Trenton Mays, 17, and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, are going to be charged as juveniles. Prosecutors say that the girl was raped twice in one night, after images surfaced on Instagram that showed the girl intoxicated beyond consent.
The case has gone national due to the explosion of social media coverage, BBC News said. The small town has become divided: people who posted information on social media sites have been threatened for their lives, while other members of the community have held protests arguing that the boys should be tried as adults.