Sunday, April 15, 2007

Why Those Who Say My Position on The Duke Case Makes Me Crazy Are Wrong

I found this gem on another blog written by someone who has a history of personal attacks against me:

Abyss2Hope continues to spew 'crazy' all over the place in her recent post. It simply amazes me that someone could actually believe what she's blithely typing away and not be fundamentally derranged in some manner. It's a key symptom of a variety of psychological disorders to constantly revise history to support your crazy assumptions.

This assumption about me either demonstrates an appalling ignorance on his part or such a deep bias against the points I've been making (on this case and maybe on the entire subject of rape) that the only way he can rationalize my position is to declare me insane. Either that or he feels justified in attacking me simply because I don't agree with him and won't let him use my blog as his personal platform.

I am not crazy and I am not deranged.

The allegation of constantly revising history is interesting in light of the shifting stories told by the hoax fanatics about what exactly happened the night of the alleged attack. If that makes someone crazy then he should be giving that label to these people. But he apparently supports their cause so if they are crazy by his definition it is a good thing.

The charges have been dropped against the lacrosse players. With the evidence which exists in this case that move is the right decision. My agreement on that point isn't sufficient for me to be considered sane by this man. I can only be considered sane if I agree with all his assessments of this case and all of his assessments of everyone who had any part in this case.

If total agreement on a case, where all the admissible evidence has been given, is required for sanity then some members of all hung juries are crazy. This is clearly not the case. At least it's clear to me.

Here are some details which have not changed:

1) The taxi driver reported hearing men at the house say something about her just being a stripper and reassuring someone else that she won't go to the police because of that fact.

She didn't. The police came to her.

2) The response to assurances from Duke University leadership to the lacrosse team that at most what happened at that house would result in misdemeanor charges and the sense of betrayal when the charges were felony charges.

If everyone present that night knows that no crime at all occurred (note: physical non-sexual assault and attempted sexual assault are also crimes) why be relieved when informed that there's a good chance of misdemeanor charges?

3) A witness who was not part of the lacrosse party heard harsh, even threatening statements made against the alleged victim.

Clearly violence was on the mind of at least one attendee of that party enough for an explicit threat to be made outside that house -- a threat that hasn't been disproved.

4) The email referencing the party where the attack was alleged and inviting people to another event with even more violence.

The popular explanation is that the email was a fantasy based on a novel, but since hiring strippers is a fantasy involving real women, we have no way of knowing where individuals draw the line between unreal and therefore acceptable violence against women and real, criminal violence against women.

5) The house emptying in a rush so that by the time police arrived the place was empty.

If there was a rational fear that a woman would call the cops to report what happened to her there, it makes sense for anyone who thought they could be accused to get themselves an alibi ASAP. The same would be true for those who saw others stepping over the line.

6) The alleged victim's possessions found in bathroom where alleged attack occurred.

7) The history of reports of violence and intimidation committed by lacrosse players.

One of the Duke University reports includes a reference to lacrosse players physically intimidating other students in class.

8) There is no credible evidence that the alleged victim perpetrated a hoax, now or earlier in her life.

A hoax is a fraud made with the intention to deceive. The 30 minute estimate has been a key element used by many hoax fanatics, but during times of great trauma most people's sense of time goes out of whack. I'm sure my rapist knows to the minute how long his actions took, but I can't even begin to guess. But the police often push for a number even when the victim says she doesn't know. Then that coerced number gets used against her as proof that she is a liar.

Based on these pieces of information and on the evidence in the criminal case, I cannot declare that it is impossible that any member of the lacrosse team at that party or anyone else who was at that party that night could have committed any crimes against the alleged victim.

Apparently, to some people this makes me crazy beyond a reasonable doubt.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 10:55 AM   2 comments links to this post


At April 15, 2007 1:47 PM, Blogger Threat Assessment & Response Canada said...

Well, well... If you are crazy, then so are a lot of us.

I've worked on over a thousand criminal cases, and with many thousands of victims. Calling the victim and her supporters "crazy" "deranged" "unbalanced", "delusional" is so common a practice by abusers that I got to the point where I could say to a survivor - "I bet he said you are (blank)" Fill in the blank - crazy, stupid, lying, and some bad words I won't write here. And the survivor would say, "Yes! How did you know?!"

I know because I've heard it all before.

Hey - I'm not alleging anything about this guy who is attacking you (and all of us through you); But I do take note that he uses a classic offender tactic.

At April 18, 2007 2:21 PM, Blogger Holly said...

Marcella, if the Duke Case continues to be a case that will set precedent, any woman rape in that state may never want to report SEXUAL VIOLENCE.
Did we heard from the three man in this case we are sorry for being at a party, being part of the hiring of the strippers to be the entertainment for the evening?
If the families/girlfriends/lawyers of the young men are not upset about that then we have a society accepting this behaviour from young men at frat parties.
It is degrading women and using women. It is part of the problem of a bigger picture in respect to our views and attitudes towards rapes, are any sexual violence.
Sincerely Holly


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