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Last Build Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 07:40:51 -0600

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Duke's President Needs To Explain Himself

Sat, 22 Apr 2006 07:40:51 -0600

One North Carolina Central University student, who has been employed by an escort service to help pay for school, told a wildly unbelievable story of being held against her will, choked, raped and sodomized by three lacrosse players in a bathroom while the party was going on. People have questioned why, in my previous column, I called her a prostitute. Most men who pick up a streetwalker are interested in paying for sex. Most men who call an escort service are also interested in paying for sex. It isn't 100 percent in either case, but the vast majority of the time when men call an escort service, they are interested in paying for sex. An escort service is just a fancy name for a pimp, and the girls who work for escort services are prostitutes. This woman who claimed she was raped worked for an escort service and therefore was a prostitute. The police tested all of the white players on the lacrosse team and had been told by the accuser that the young men who raped her were white members of the lacrosse team. The police also believe that only members of the lacrosse team were at the party. The tests found no DNA evidence. If the woman had been choked and fought with her rapists as she said she did, there would have been some DNA evidence. She reportedly said that she scratched her assailants and that is how she lost her fake fingernails. But there was no matching DNA evidence under her fingernails, on her skin, on her clothes, on her phone - the lab couldn't find a match anywhere; nor was there any evidence that a condom had been used. At this point, it appears that the prostitute/stripper lied. The question that the Duke University Board of Trustees needs to ask is do they want to continue to have a president who takes the word of a prostitute over the word of a Duke athletic team? Do they want a president who assumes that Duke students are criminals, just because they are athletes who get together and party? At Duke, for at least the past 40 years and probably longer, there has been a strong contingent that doesn't think Duke should be involved in conference athletics at all. This group is embarrassed by having the focus taken off academics and placed on athletics. When Duke wins a national championship, they cringe. They are always there ready to jump on the bandwagon with anyone who is critical of athletics. It may be that this group got Brodhead's ear. Perhaps Brodhead hasn't been around long enough to know that despite the fact that Duke is Durham's largest employer, the university has never gotten along well with the town and there are always those in town ready to demonstrate for anything that is against Duke. Brodhead may not have known that he was throwing gasoline on a fire when he got involved, but he was. It's one thing for a student/prostitute/stripper to accuse a group of men, who have hired her to dance around naked, of rape; but when the president of Duke University backs her up, that lends a tremendous amount of credibility to the story. Why would the president of Duke cancel the season of a nationally ranked athletic team, including 44 students who were accused of nothing other than behaving like a lot of other college students, if he didn't have some strong evidence that the rape had taken place? A lot of people just assumed that Brodhead knew something the rest of us didn't. It certainly appears that Brodhead believes that Duke lacrosse players, and perhaps all male athletes, are liars, and some of them are rapists. The story that the accuser told was not very believable. The timeline and the mechanics just don't work, and as more evidence is revealed the story becomes more and more difficult to defend. The photos, according to the testimony of the attorneys who have seen all of them, are good evidence that nothing violent happened at the party. The attorneys say that the photos show the dancer with bruises and scratches when she arrived at the party in a negligee. They also show her just before she left in the same negligee, which did not appear to be damaged in an[...]