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Friday, April 20, 2007

Minnesota Gopher Football Rape

Here's an update on this story, the one of three U of MN gopher football players accused of rape.

From The MN Daily:

    Investigators released details Monday of the alleged rape of an unnamed 18-year-old woman by three University football players.

    A search warrant listed evidence police sought and seized in an evening search of the University Village apartment where the alleged assault took place. The warrant also contained in-depth allegations against the three for the first time.

    Prosecutors have not charged Alex Daniels, E.J. Jones and Keith Massey with the alleged sexual assault, which police say occurred sometime late April 3 or early April 4.

According to the above story, the 18-year old woman who claims she was raped by Massey, Jones and Daniels says she went to the men's apartment with a friend to socialize and drink. According to the affidavit, the woman admits to being drunk. Funny, isn't it - that no matter how many laws we have on the books and no matter how many "We I.D." public service announcements that are broadcast and endlessly pounded into our heads - that we so often read of underage people obtaining access to booze.

Police also say the alleged rape incident happened three days before she reported it.

Now - "no means NO!" - and just because she reported it three days after it happened doesn't mean she consented to anything and later changed her mind. And being under the influence of alcohol may have impaired her ability to consent or not consent.

DNA samples from the team members and the woman are being analyzed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Police have not completed their investigation.

Let's not rush to judgement until the facts are known. Did we learn nothing from the Duke Lacrosse fiasco?


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