Friday, December 22, 2006

Duke Rape Charges Dropped



Charges have been dropped against three Duke University Lacrosse players accused of raping a stripper at a party. According to news reports, those three still face kidnapping and sexual offense charges, whatever that means. If it didn't happen, why are all charges not dismissed?

As a woman, I naturally want to see bona fide rape cases prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I also want those sections of the law which are so onerous that they cause many women to never even report rapes changed. That being said, I personally believe all charges in this particular case should be dropped because I personally don't believe a rape occurred.

The "victim" has changed her story too many times. She gave police descriptions that fit none of the Duke players. Her picks from the police lineup missed the mark. Some of the players had alibis that proved incontrovertibly that they couldn't have been there. I wouldn't go so far as to say her choice of occupation has detracted from her credibility from the inception, but it didn't do much to bolster her story. Not that strippers can't be raped. Of course, they can. And are. I don't believe this particular one was or, if she was, it wasn't by these men. There have always been inconsistencies in her account of what happened -- all versions. Once DNA test results were announced, all doubt in my mind was eliminated. She said no condoms were used; therefore, the fact that there was no DNA from these men could mean only one thing -- they didn't do it. What was found was genetic material from several other males found in her undergarments and on her body. The evidence speaks for itself. Evidence doesn't lie. If there is no forensic evidence that says indisputably that a crime occurred, I don't see how a prosecution can go forward.

Something no doubt happened that night, but it wasn't a rape. Possibly she consented to some sort of unsavory activities with some as yet unidentified men. Possibly she got "caught," possibly by whoever is the father of the child she's now having (or had), and had to come up with some explanation off the top of her head. If that can ever be proved, she's the one who should be prosecuted. She's damaged Duke's reputation and done irreparable harm to its Lacrosse program, and she's caused these young men to be arrested, sustain abject humiliation and ridicule, and incur huge legal bills to fight the charges. It's too late to excuse her behavior by calling it a "mistake." This was willful conduct on her part and she's had nine months to rectify it. She has not.

6 comments:

RexZeitgiest said...

Nifong should be in shackles and the liar/hooker/stripper should be cooling her heels in prison for the next ten years....Think of the reality of what they have done.....they tried to ruin these guys on a flat out lie....Nifong STILL IS....

Nifong suprresed evidence, lied about circumstances, and willfully participated in this scheme to get re-elected in heavily black district......

This whole sad tale makes me sick.....

Other then that, its a great day!

Serena Joy said...

If indeed the charges were predicated on a lie and the DA suppressed evidence and knowingly perpetrated a malicious prosecution, everybody involved should be indicted.

Hale McKay said...

Well written and I couldn't agree with you more.

Isn't it bad enough, and sad enough for that matter, that rapes do occur, without false claims of the crime?

Of course, they had to play the racial card too!

Roxan said...

I'm reminded of the William Kennedy Smith trial where the alleged victim said some things happened that hurt her case. I can't say whether he did it or not, but after she said things that made the jury do a double take she lost. You keep it simple and you keep it short. I don't care if circus clowns were diving into a fish tank filled with green jello while it happened. You only talk about the act and nothing else.

This girl needs some jail time or I hope the families take her to civil court.

Serena Joy said...

You're exactly right, Mike. If this woman lied, then she has contributed to undermining the plight of other women who actually have been raped. That is inexcusable, and the fact that the race card was played just added insult to injury.

Serena Joy said...

I hear you, Roxan. I think there will always be a question about the Kennedy case.

If the woman in the Duke case lied, she should absolutely be prosecuted criminally AND sued by the guys whose lives she's wrecked. Not that they'll ever recover any money from her, but at least their reputations can be salvaged.