But where did that impression really come from?
The defense attorneys.
However the defense attorneys in this case are not objective reporters of the truth, they are bearers of propaganda designed to help them achieve their goal of getting the best outcome for their clients -- whether their clients be guilty or innocent.
We forget that at our own peril and at the peril of every rape victim who not only didn't get justice, but who did get labeled as a criminal worse than a rapist.
Here are just a few examples of the feeding frenzy going on now:
talkleft:Duke Lacrosse Case Sinking Faster Than the...
instapundit:MORE INNOCENTS EXONERATED BY DNA EVIDENCE?
La Shawn Barber: is Duke stripper channeling Tawana Brawley?
riehlworldview: It is looking more and more like there was no rape.
ipinions: DNA results exculpate Duke lacrosse team
UPDATE: Here are links to stories published after the DA spoke to the press:
ABC news: Two Campuses, Two Takes on Duke Rape Case
And here's a little of our 'innocent until proven guilty' posse's history:
Wilmington Star article
For those who still assume no rape happened, ask yourself these questions:
What if you are wrong?
What message are you sending to rape victims?
What message are you sending to rapists?
Do you care that your words are scaring rape victims away from seeking justice?
Do you care that rapists use your words about the alleged victim to help them decide who they can rape without fear of prosecution?
Is it any wonder so many rape victims feel their victimization will be tenfold if they go to the police?
In case I'm considered an unreliable nutcase because I'm a rape survivor, here are other perspectives:
realmenarenot: “No match found in Duke DNA tests” - the CSI backlash
Redstatefeminist: some interesting information
Alas, a blog: DNA evidence doesn't link lacrosse players to crime
Daily Kos: Why the Truth in the Duke Lacrosse Case Matters
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