Search This Blog

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Drunk Girl Cries Rape, Soccer Star Jailed For 6 Years

Last night, my husband told me about a case he had just read about concerning a young, extremely talented soccer player at UCSB who had been sentenced to prison for 6 years after being convicted of rape. What bothered him, was there was absolutely no physical evidence to corroborate her story. "How can they send somebody to jail based solely on an accusation?" he wanted to know.

I went upstairs and read the article on ESPN to see if there was perhaps something he had missed, because I really didn't have an answer for him. They don't convict people when there is no evidence, I thought. But they do.

From reading the article, I learned that the 18 year old UCSB freshman was so drunk, she couldn't even remember how she got to the place she said she was raped. The hospital reported that her blood alcohol was at a near fatal level. Not only that, she had just gotten her driver's license back after a DUI conviction. Her statements to the police are so full of I don't remembers, that it wasn't even clear to me that she really believed she was raped. She hadn't wanted to go to the police, but her sister and friend convinced her.

Hmmm, I thought. A sister. A sister is possibly a direct line of communication to a set of parents, who just might be disappointed to learn that their daughter was traipsing around Isla Vista at all hours drunk as a skunk. Better come up with something quick to make them not focus on that. You have no idea to what lengths an 18 year old female will go to preserve her image in the eyes of her parents. Maybe she hadn't wanted to go to the hospital because the rape story had been intended for her sister and friend's consumption only. Then they wouldn't get on her case for boozing it up again after already having gotten into serious trouble for doing just that. Maybe there had been talk of sending her to rehab, or taking away her Visa card. Who knows?

Or maybe she really had been raped, but by her jealous ex-boyfriend with whom she had spent a good part of the evening and who was seen following her around that night. Oh yeah, and who's semen had been found on her underpants at the hospital. No evidence that the accused had even had sex with this girl, but direct conclusive evidence that jealous ex-boyfriend had. Only he said it had happened a week earlier. A week? This girl has been wearing the same underwear for a week? Know any teenage girls who wear the same underwear for a week?

The police didn't bother to look into that, however, because there was, right from the start, only one suspect. A guy she could accuse and then not be faced with dealing with the guilt of watching him go through hell - because she didn't know him. Much easier to do that.

In a case with no physical evidence, it comes down to a he said, she said, and then you have to decide based on the character of both people, who to believe. Except that her character was off limits out of fear of blaming the victim. His character on the other hand, is impeccable. He seems to be one of those people who inspires others and by all accounts is a humble, respectful human being.

There is one thing though that makes him suspicious. He is black. And a foreigner . Two things. Two things that make him very, very suspicious. Black and from Ghana. Well why didn't I just say that from the beginning?

RH

No comments: