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Reporting Rape, and Wishing She Hadnít
© 2014 The New York Times Company ^ | JULY 12, 2014 | By WALT BOGDANICH

Posted on 07/13/2014 1:09:50 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines

he was 18 years old, a freshman, and had been on campus for just two weeks when one Saturday night last September her friends grew worried because she had been drinking and suddenly disappeared.

Around midnight, the missing girl texted a friend, saying she was frightened by a student she had met that evening. “Idk what to do,” she wrote. “I’m scared.” When she did not answer a call, the friend began searching for her.

In the early-morning hours on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in central New York, the friend said, he found her — bent over a pool table as a football player appeared to be sexually assaulting her from behind in a darkened dance hall with six or seven people watching and laughing. Some had their cellphones out, apparently taking pictures, he said....tests later found sperm or semen in her vagina, in her rectum and on her underwear.

It took the college just 12 days to investigate the rape report, hold a hearing and clear the football players. The football team went on to finish undefeated in its conference, while the woman was left, she said, to face the consequences — threats and harassment for accusing members of the most popular sports team on campus....

the district attorney, R. Michael Tantillo, said he had “virtually nothing to work with” and quickly closed the case.

Although federal officials estimate that up to 20 percent of college students will be sexually assaulted in school, Mr. Tantillo said he rarely heard of such reports at Hobart and William Smith. “I guess that’s your job to find out why,” he told a reporter.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; US: New York
KEYWORDS: hobart; michael; rape; tantillo
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1 posted on 07/13/2014 1:09:50 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

“Have we got a college?
Have we got a football team?
Well, we can’t afford both.
Tomorrow we start tearing down the college!”

Groucho Marx

Well at least we know who is running our Colleges and Universities now. Come to think of it, Groucho Marx would probably be an improvement over the fools in charge now.


2 posted on 07/13/2014 1:15:01 PM PDT by I cannot think of a name (\w)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Academia continues its War On Women.
The Political Party in charge of NY state enables this.


3 posted on 07/13/2014 1:19:32 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Now if it had been a white non-athlete, and he had merely talked to her with her not being attracted to him, then he would have been expelled immediately.


4 posted on 07/13/2014 1:21:09 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Maybe I missed it, but I didn’t notice any mention of the police having been called.


5 posted on 07/13/2014 1:23:55 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Why women need to carry a gun.


6 posted on 07/13/2014 1:24:10 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

txt messages, pictures and video and the semen were “nothing to work with”??


7 posted on 07/13/2014 1:24:13 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

probably the campus police and they were probably told to go light on the players


8 posted on 07/13/2014 1:25:03 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

If that had been my daughter there would be a half-dozen football players with broken kneecaps, if they lived.


9 posted on 07/13/2014 1:30:14 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (ObamaCare IS Medicaid: They'll pull a sheet over your head and send you the bill.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

What has NOW said about this?


10 posted on 07/13/2014 1:32:02 PM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (See my home page for some of my answers to the left's talking points.)
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To: GeronL

One good thing about football players is they are public and out in the open. Bad thing for them is a major accident can bring them down to just normal folks that walk funny.


11 posted on 07/13/2014 1:34:39 PM PDT by lostboy61 (Lock and Load and stand your ground!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I too have never understood why these felonies are adjudicated by the schools and not the police. This is a horrible crime, at least as it’s alleged to have happened, and how on earth does it go completely unpunished?


12 posted on 07/13/2014 1:46:35 PM PDT by babble-on
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No wonder the military has the same if not worse problems.


13 posted on 07/13/2014 1:47:39 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: babble-on
I too have never understood why these felonies are adjudicated by the schools and not the police. This is a horrible crime, at least as it’s alleged to have happened, and how on earth does it go completely unpunished?

According to the article, the DA investigated and didn't press charges. Probably the players claimed it was consensual.

14 posted on 07/13/2014 1:51:13 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
My kid had a problem at a university here in Virginia. A stalker who kept following and touching. The city police, the campus police, the school's teachers and the dean, all did nothing. I went to a judge and got a restraining order. Solved the problem but the university KICKED MY KID OFF OF CAMPUS! Almost all the law firms in the city work for the university and wouldn't talk to me and even the Commonwealth Attorney wished me luck and hung up the phone! In the end, we switched schools with songs in our heart. I know they think they won but, like the traitors in our government, a time will come when the wheat shall be separated from the chaff....
15 posted on 07/13/2014 2:02:17 PM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: Kirkwood

Seriously, why EVERYONE needs to carry a gun.


16 posted on 07/13/2014 2:11:54 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

The Bryant case in CO gave the green light to that kind of corruption, and oddly, rapes by college athletes very often include the worse and more damaging crime of sodomy.


17 posted on 07/13/2014 2:17:26 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

This is why young women should be raised to defend themselves. Defense is both passive and active. For example, do not ever go to a fraternity party, because they are inherently unsafe, even if a group of women go together.

Do not drink a drink unless you have had control over it from the start. If you do not have it in your hand and under observation at any time, get a new drink.

If you feel threatened with sexual assault, it is imperative that you discreetly draw a knife and slash your attacker. Nothing quite says “No!” like a foot long gash that is bleeding profusely.


18 posted on 07/13/2014 2:29:14 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: GeronL

There was probably nothing admissible left for the DA by the time the campus “police” finished their “investigation”.


19 posted on 07/13/2014 2:34:59 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (HELL, NO! BE UNGOVERNABLE! --- ISLAM DELENDA EST)
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide

more likely, their clean up


20 posted on 07/13/2014 2:35:56 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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