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Old 03-29-2006, 10:48 AM   #1
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Duke University Suspends Entire Lacrosse Team Due To Rape Allegation

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...x.html?cnn=yes

The team members are refusing to talk to investigators and might be charged with aiding and abetting. If these allegations are true it truly is frightening and sickening that students at any university could do that and then try to cover up for each other, let alone at Duke. Add to that the racial issues that appear to be involved which makes it even more tragic and horrific.


"A woman told police she and another dancer were hired to perform March 13 at a private party in an off-campus home. The dancer, a student at North Carolina Central University, told police she was pulled into a bathroom, beaten, choked and raped by three men.

No one has been charged.

Armed with a judge's order, police took DNA samples with a cheek swab from 46 of the lacrosse team's 47 players last week. The 47th player, the only black member of the team, did not have to provide DNA because the dancer said her attackers were white.

"I needed to have the information about who will be charged," said District Attorney Mike Nifong said. "I feel pretty confident that a rape occurred."

The case has roiled the campus, raised racial tensions and heightened antagonism between the affluent students at Duke, which costs about $43,000 a year, and the city of Durham, which has a large population of poor people and is about evenly divided between white and black.

The alleged victim is black, which has proved a source of tension on campus.

"The circumstances of the rape indicated a deep racial motivation for some of the things that were done," Nifong said. "It makes a crime that is by its nature one of the most offensive and invasive even more so."
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Disgusting.
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It's not fair to suspend the whole team just because one of them committed rape. Why can't they get the guy who raped, suspend him, and let the others get on with it?
She's accusing 3 of them and the entire team is refusing to talk about it. They're protecting each other. I think that's why they've all been suspended.

Makes sense to me.
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She's accusing 3 of them and the entire team is refusing to talk about it. They're protecting each other. I think that's why they've all been suspended.

Makes sense to me.
Absolutely.
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This is the statement from the captains of the team that is on the Duke web site. I don't get how they can say that the DNA results will disprove sexual assault/rape-unless they are claiming they will show no evidence whatsoever of any sexual activity.

Durham, N.C. -- “The captains of the team met this morning with President Brodhead, and expressed sincere regret over the lapse in judgment in having the party on March 13 which has caused so much anguish for the Duke community and shame to our families and ourselves

“We also stated unequivocally that any allegation that a sexual assault or rape occurred is totally and transparently false.

“The team has cooperated with the police in their investigation. We have provided authorities with DNA samples. The understanding is that the results of the DNA testing will be available sometime next week. The DNA results will demonstrate that these allegations are absolutely false.

“Because of the intense emotions surrounding these allegations, we feel it is in the best interest of the University, the community and our families that the team should not play competitively until the DNA results verify our unequivocal denial of these allegations.”

I guess they had some sort of meeting today in which the students could express their opinions about how the whole situation has been handled

this is on the FAQ about the alleged rape situation on their web site


Duke Community Standard

Duke University is a community of scholars and learners, committed to the principles of honesty, trustworthiness, fairness, and respect for others. Students share with faculty and staff the responsibility for promoting a climate of integrity. As citizens of this community, students are expected to adhere to these fundamental values at all times, in both their academic and non-academic endeavors.


The Pledge

Students affirm their commitment to uphold the values of the Duke University community by signing a pledge that states:

1. I will not lie, cheat, or steal in my academic endeavors, nor will I accept the actions of those who do.
2. I will conduct myself responsibly and honorably in all my activities as a Duke student.
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were there non-lacrosse players at the party? If so, the DNA testing could prove that it wasn't any one of the team members.
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IRONY ALERT:

Duke kicked off their Sexual Violence Awareness Week on Monday...
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She's accusing 3 of them and the entire team is refusing to talk about it. They're protecting each other. I think that's why they've all been suspended.

Makes sense to me.

Well, I must at least respect the team's loyalty towards each other. I couldn't rat out a friend even he did the worst thing in the world. Let them figure it out without my help.

I think it's a good political act to suspend the whole team for not talking but really I can't blame them for not talking.
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Well, I must at least respect the team's loyalty towards each other. I couldn't rat out a friend even he did the worst thing in the world. Let them figure it out without my help.

I think it's a good political act to suspend the whole team for not talking but really I can't blame them for not talking.
Wow. Respecting loyalty. That's....Dude, I hope you dont ever know a rape victim. Did you know you most likely do, though? It's going to be a female friend, sister, your mother, aunt, your neighbour. Someone close to you statisitcally is bound to have experienced some level of sexually inappropriate actions. You keep silent though, buddy.

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Well, I must at least respect the team's loyalty towards each other. I couldn't rat out a friend even he did the worst thing in the world. Let them figure it out without my help.

I think it's a good political act to suspend the whole team for not talking but really I can't blame them for not talking.
I hate (yes, hate) that aspect of the whole "team" thing. That doesn't help anyone but the nastiest, most vicious twits.

Screw that.
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Well, I must at least respect the team's loyalty towards each other. I couldn't rat out a friend even he did the worst thing in the world. Let them figure it out without my help.

I think it's a good political act to suspend the whole team for not talking but really I can't blame them for not talking.

I sincerely hope that something like this never happens to a woman you care about. How would you feel if 10 people knew what happened but left it to the authorities to "figure it out themselves?"
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Well, I must at least respect the team's loyalty towards each other. I couldn't rat out a friend even he did the worst thing in the world. Let them figure it out without my help.

I think it's a good political act to suspend the whole team for not talking but really I can't blame them for not talking.
So if your friend strangled a baby to death

You and your teammates should just keep quiet?
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