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Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Racist Duke Lacrosse Team Gang-Rapes Woman?

Not a good week for Duke athletics.

For the second time in 14 hours, a crowd of protesters gathered Sunday morning in front of a house where a woman allegedly was gang-raped by Duke University lacrosse players.

The 9 a.m. rally was billed as an early morning "wake-up call" to the Duke students who live in the house and in other student party houses across Buchanan Boulevard from East Campus.

I guess Duke's academics aren't as good as advertised, if 9:00 AM is considered an early morning wake-up call.

Now some might think that this will mitigate against the woman:

The victim, reportedly an N.C. Central University student who worked as an escort and exotic dancer, told police the players took her into a bathroom and sexually assaulted, strangled, beat and kicked her.

But before we spend too much time on the woman's um, career choices, consider this:

The woman, who says she was told she'd be dancing for a few men at a bachelor party, told police she fought fiercely against her attackers, losing four fingernails in the process.

Initially, the lacrosse team denied it all. It was all overblown, they said, although they did admit hiring a dancer and doing some drinking. The drinking was certainly no surprise. The Winston-Salem Journal reported this week that 15 of the 47 players on the team had previous misdemeanor chargers "stemming from drunken and disruptive behavior.'' In fact, police have reportedly been called to the house four times since September.

And then the police found four red, polished, broken fingernails at the house.

So it certainly sounds like this was really rape; not just a case of "theft of services".
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