Joe Clementi said the trial of his son's former Rutgers roommate dealt with 'important issues for our society.' Dharun Ravi
was convicted of invasion of privacy on Tyler Clementi's love life and anti-gay intimidation. (March 16)
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[SOT/](joe clementi/tyler clementi's father)"the trial was painful for us as it would be for any parent who had to sit and listen to people talk about bad and inappropriate things that were done to their child. We were here everyday because we wanted to be here for our son and because we believe the trial was important because it dealt with important issues for our society and for our young people today. And because of worldwide media attention that was brought to it. The criminal law was important because it deals with conduct that we find so bad that we make it a crime. We have come to understand that the criminal law is only one way of addressing these problems and that there are other ways that are better, particularly when it comes to changing the values and behavior of young people in important areas of respect, privacy in our digital world. As you know our lives have taken a new turn and we're on a mission to address these issues in an affirmative way through the tyler clementi foundation which we have set up in memory of our son. We hope the media attention won't fade and that positive efforts on these important efforts will be acknowledged. To our college, high school and middle school youngsters i would say this - you're going to meet a lot of people in your lifetime. Some of these people you may not like, but just because you don't like them doesn't mean that you have to work against them. When you see someone doing something wrong tell them that's not right, stop it. You can make the world a better place, the change you want to see in the world begins with you. "