Black People : Duke Lacrosse Team Accused of Raping Black Exotic Dancer

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  1. Sweet_C

    Sweet_C Member MEMBER

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    I wonder if this story would have gotten more press if the victim were white. Hmmm....I can't imagine how horrible this must have been if true. :(

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    http://www.cstv.com/sports/m-lacros/uwire/032706aah.html

    Duke men's lacrosse team faces rape allegations


    By Steve Veres The Chronicle
    Durham, NC (CSTV U-WIRE) -- I the wake of allegations that members of the men's lacrosse team gang-raped, sodomized and strangled a dancer at a March 13 party, Duke is facing community outrage and national media attention.

    Forty-six of 47 teammates were DNA-tested by police Thursday. A Durham Police Department spokesperson said the results of the tests will be known by Monday.

    President Richard Brodhead said in a statement that not all of the 46 members who were tested attended the party.

    Some community members are calling the situation "the perfect storm"-a heated convergence of issues related to race, class and town-gown relations.

    The alleged victim is a black exotic dancer who is enrolled in classes at North Carolina Central University; she told police that her attackers are white.

    In a search warrant issued March 16 for 610 N. Buchanan Blvd., the site of the alleged assault, police wrote that the woman reported that three men were involved in the alleged offense.

    Officials are investigating the reported incident as first-degree forcible rape, common law robbery, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree sexual offense and felonious strangulation.

    No charges had been filed as of Sunday night, a Durham Police Department spokesperson said.

    The players, however, have denied the accusations, Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said.

    Hundreds of community members protested the alleged incident at three different events this weekend. A candlelight vigil Saturday night and a "wake-up call" Sunday morning originated at 610 N. Buchanan Blvd., and progressed to nearby student- and administrator-occupied houses.

    The University bought the Buchanan residence, along with 14 other properties off East Campus, in late February in response to a long history of disruptive parties and behavior.

    Administrators also forced the No. 2 men's lacrosse team to forfeit its games against Georgetown University Saturday and Mount St. Mary's College Tuesday because of known actions at the party, which included hiring two dancers and permitting underage drinking-actions to which members of the team have admitted.

    "The judgment of the team members to host and participate in this event is inconsistent with the values of Duke Athletics and Duke University and is unacceptable," Alleva said in a statement.

    Several members of the team declined to comment on the situation.

    John Burness, senior vice president for public affairs and government relations, said Sunday that he has not talked directly to the players, but he noted that there are "two very different versions of what went on at the party."

    "My understanding is that some people who have talked to the players have suggested it would be very much in their advantage to get their side of the story out in one way or another," Burness said.

    Brodhead released a statement Saturday urging individuals "to cooperate to the fullest with the police inquiry while we wait to learn the truth."

    "Physical coercion and sexual assault are unacceptable in any setting and have no place at Duke," Brodhead said. "The criminal allegations against three members of our men's lacrosse team, if verified, will warrant very serious penalties."

    Parents of some members of the team met with University representatives Saturday afternoon.

    "The meeting was about keeping the parents informed and focusing on the consequences for their kids and the way we will proceed pending the conclusion of the investigation," said Larry Moneta, vice president for student affairs.

    He added that the parents were frightened and nervous for their children.

    According to the search warrant, two women made an appointment to dance for a group of men at the house March 13. Once they started dancing, shortly after 11:30 p.m., the men became "excited and aggressive."

    "We started to cry," the alleged victim said in an interview with The News & Observer. "We were so scared."

    Alcohol was involved in the incident, according to a University press release. "The victim and her fellow dancer decided to leave because they were concerned about their safety," the warrant stated.

    When the dancers were getting into their vehicle, neighbors said they heard party-goers yell racial slurs at the women. One of the suspects allegedly apologized and convinced the pair to come back inside-shortly thereafter, the two women were separated.

    Two men then allegedly pulled the woman into a bathroom, where three men sexually assaulted her for approximately 30 minutes, according to the warrant.

    The woman left the residence early March 14. Police declined to comment about the other dancer.

    The Chronicle does not identify victims of sex crimes. The three men in question are not being named because no charges have been filed.

    Jennie Fant, a resident of 711 Watts St., and library assistant in the Gross Chemistry Building, said she thinks she heard someone batting a ball for an hour against the wall of the Buchanan Boulevard residence the night of the party.

    "I don't know if it was to cover the noise," Fant said.

    She added that she called 911 probably at about 11 p.m. or 12 a.m. with a noise complaint.

    "I've been tempted to call the police and ask what happened that night," Fant said. "I can't help but think I might have prevented it."

    Sgt. M.D. Gottlieb, a member of DPD 2 Investigations, said March 20 that residents of the house have been cooperative with DPD in locating any suspects.

    The Herald-Sun reported Saturday, however, that the lacrosse players were initially uncooperative with investigators after the search warrant was issued.

    The police issued a "non-testimonial" order, which gave police the right to threaten legal action if an individual would not cooperate in the process of gathering evidence.

    Forty six of the 47 members of the team reported to the Durham Police Crime Lab to be interviewed, photographed and DNA-tested Thursday afternoon. The one remaining teammate was ruled out as a suspect because he is black, and the alleged victim identified the perpetrators as white men.

    The DNA tests were sent to a state crime lab with a letter from Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong to expedite the results.

    The March 16 search warrant specified "items to be seized" from the residence, including any DNA evidence available. Police collected laptop computers, cameras, cell phones, a bath rug, five fingernails, a bottle of KY Jelly and $160 of $400 allegedly stolen from the victim, among other things.

    The game against Georgetown was cancelled at 11 a.m. Saturday, said Georgetown Assistant Coach Scott Urick.

    Several community members staged a protest in front of Koskinen Stadium at 1 p.m. and condemned Duke for not cancelling the game earlier.

    Provost Peter Lange said the status of team's season will be decided in the coming days, as the police continue their investigation. "If the University investigates, it could in fact somehow affect the ability to pursue the criminal investigation," he said Sunday to protesters.

    Lange added that if the allegations prove to be false, he would support not canceling the season solely because of the under-age drinking and dancers at the party.

    He said the University would take appropriate judicial actions with the players if they are found to be guilty.


    Greg Beaton and David Graham contributed to this story.
     
  2. KWABENA

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    ...ANOTHER REASON WHY WE MUST ESCAPE EUROPEANISM, AND BECOME WHO WE ARE.

    KNOW THY SELF (In the words of Moofius)

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    By the way Moorfius, I think you should start up a group or something entitled Know Thy Self, Inc. or something.
     
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    Besides my obvious desire for justice to be served (although I won't be surprised if this doesn't happen), I also have to state the our sisters have to stop placing themselves in positions to be sexually exploited. This case is another reason I cringe that so many young (and not so young) black women are entering into sexually exploitive industries such as exotic dancing, stripping, and porn. These are industries which obviously are based on sexual exploitation, and in turn invite sexual abuse. Knowing the history of our country, especially the sexual exploitation and rape of black women by white men. I can't imagine why a black woman would willingly enter into an environment of a group of drunken white men and not expect this result. There are other ways to make a living.
     
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    Rape is an act of violence not sex!
    Whatever she does to make a living gives noone the right to forcefully put their penis inside of her,mutulate,strangle dam near killing her or making her insides bleed internally/externally.
    I am suprised at this comment.

    There are several male strippers and private dancers that attend and perform in events with thousands of women and some men.
    Have you ever heard of a woman raping,sodomizing,mutulating,strangling the man?
    Is it fair to say because he is a male dancer and that it would never happen?
    Or if it did happen would it be ok to say well he should not have been an exotic dancer in the first place!
    I hope it is not true but if it is all of those men should have their penis's cut off and shoved in prison!
     
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    I agree nobody deserves to be raped.

    However, the environment in which a person is in, whether put there intentionally or not can make them more vunerable. Like the prison thread that was discussed... being in prison puts men more at risk of being raped because of how things are there. I don't think it would work for male strippers, unless they're dancing for gay men because typically it is a lot easier for men to overpower a woman.

    But anyway, I think those types of environments are equally degrading for men and women... it doesn't matter to me the sexual double standard society places when it comes to that. They don't deserve sexual violence, but on the same token some in the audience would already view them as an object because of the job they're doing.
     
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    ...What you are talking about, Sistah cursed, is case (3) from both websites. This is not the case as it relates to this story.

    As I show NO sympathy to the rapist(s), she put herself in that position. If I chose to wear a shirt saying "I HATE BLACK AND WHITE PEOPLE WITH A PASSION!" and had images of guns and knives on the back, would that not give someone a reason to approach me? That is almost like me saying that someone HURT the kitchen cabinet, considering that the origin of HURT IS:
    This is a Eurocentric society. There is nothing better to have in this modern-day society other than pleasure. Therefore, if it is not given to them, they take it by FORCE! In this force, people will use ALL THREE of the given terms above to get what they want. In essence they will rape (invade), but not only will they improperly treat you, they will have sex with you as well, and carry you off by force.

    This is not disagreeing with you; they have no right to do such a thing to the girl, but at the same time, she cannot put herself into a dangerous position.

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    With all due respect,
    You are not a woman and you've never been sexually violated.
    The last time I looked, technically defining rape doesn't make it an appropiate act or justafiable.
    It is not characterized by race,creed or color!
    It is a ugly,violent,nasty,low down dirty,EVIL,degrading act that's primarily gender based(men)
    I like wearing fitted shirts sometimes, does that give you the right the grab my nipple in the local grocery line?
    Sorry don't agree!
     
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    ...Exactly what you just said ALL goes back to this fact. Except, what I did not mention was that MEN in particular are/were programmed into doing whatever it takes to attain it. I would not want to contribute to it! As a matter of fact, that is why I advocate sistahs learning to physically, emotionally, and psychologically defend themselves, especially in this GREEDY Eurocentric society.

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    cursed heart Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Very true cedy!:jam:
     
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    I think my stating that a black woman should not be "voluntarily" dancing naked or half-naked around a group of white men would not be surprising at all. Is this saying that I think this woman deserved to be raped? No I don't feel she deserved to be raped, nor do I feel these men deserve to escape justice. However I feel that a black person who places themselves in situations like this not expecting result like this clearly are not aware of their history, and this ignorance is to their detriment!
     
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