I know Anglico said it was a slow news day when he posted the castration story but, still, I have to say it seems like fun and games in comparison to this horrible Duke lacrosse team debacle. At least there, the survivors were willing.
Maybe I missed the discussion of this topic. Or maybe we're all too repulsed to comment? I sure am. I just hope the sentence for rape in North Carolina is appropriate to these alleged crimes.
In my college days, some frat jerks impeded three women from getting from the frat house to their car had to write essays. When I objected in a school paper editorial, the women sought me out to tell me they though the punishment fit the crime. They were angry. I honestly couldn't tell if they were scared of retaliation or truly upset with my concept that what amounted to legal kidnapping deserved a more serious consequence.
Then there were the frat rapists (Figi -- Phi Gamma Delta), who dragged a woman in off the street in the middle of a school day. They gang raped her but received absolutely no punishment. I'm not even sure how seriously it was investigated. I could never learn if the DA dropped the case (for "insufficient evidence") or if the survivor was just too terrified or too humiliated to prosecute.
Certainly, no athlete would ever have been investigated or prosecuted for anything less than murder, if that!
So, even though it's a sad situation and people had to protest in the streets, I'm very very happy to that some things have improved since the 70s.