A story about the rape of an African-American woman hasn’t gotten much coverage in the media.
The woman who says she was raped last week by three members of the Duke University lacrosse team thought she would be dancing for five men at a bachelor party, she said Friday. But when she arrived that night, she found herself surrounded by more than 40.
Just moments after she and another exotic dancer started to perform, she said, men in the house started barking racial slurs. The two women, both black, stopped dancing.
“We started to cry,” she said. “We were so scared.”
By standing by and refusing to help the woman, and by participating in such a hate-filled occasion, all of the men are guilty. So if they won’t say which 3 men raped the woman, charge all of them. They are all responsible. There should be consequences for standing by and letting a woman be brutalized. There should be consequences for refusing to speak up and tell investigators who committed the rape.
I learned about this story from Rachel’s Tavern. Rachel correctly points out that if the victim had been white, this story would be all over the news. Please blog about this to help get the word out, and to help put pressure on Duke to do something.