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It's not rape if somebody else says it's OK:

Two years after a woman alleged she was gang-raped by University of Colorado football players and recruits, court documents suggest the men escaped charges because prosecutors thought they had "third party consent" to have sex with the drunken, sleeping woman.

The alleged assault by several players and recruits took place at an off-campus party during a "recruiting weekend" intended to persuade high school players to join the team.

Although prosecutors believed the woman's account, they decided against filing charges because the men had been promised sex by a player and a student who organized the party, according to a lawsuit filed against the university by the woman.

I don't even know where to begin with this one. Every time I try to process this information and form a response to it, my internal fury-meter just shorts out, and all I can do is stare slack-jawed at the screen and wonder how anyone can say that feminism is no longer necessary because, y'know, we've accomplished all our goals and stuff. OK, I'm just gonna go pound my head on the wall for a little while.

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what? what? oh fucking bullshit. I fucking refuse to believe there *ever* was a point in time where a man thought it was "ok" to have sex with an unconscious partner. much less this bullshit. only in fucking CO, the fucking home of focus on the family and promisekeepers could a court of law rule in a way that treats female sexual consent like property to be controlled by someone else. heaven holy fuck.

I wanna make a bad joke about angels, football players, and lot (it was lot right?) giving his daughters over to the crowd but even I am not that sick.

shechemist @ 10/29/2003 02:19 PM CST


I think I'm gonna be sick. Is it okay if I throw up on them if you say I can?

Jesus on a stick!

Cinnamon @ 10/29/2003 02:39 PM CST


OK, let's have a party and invite the University of Colorado football team (and recruits), drug them senseless, and remove most of their toes. But before we do that, you and I will agree that it's OK, so when they wake up, they will have no recourse. Howzabout it? They could call it the Hannibal Lecter Law.

elavil @ 10/30/2003 06:46 AM CST


Up next, the State of Colorado lets fathers know just how much they can get for their daughters at the Denver Livestock Show.

Gah.

I hate this planet sometimes.

maggie @ 10/30/2003 10:39 AM CST


I wonder if charges can still be brought. People should be raising hell.

gttim @ 10/30/2003 08:22 PM CST


I give all of you 'third party consent' to go to your local bank and get yourself one million dollars.
(think that one would fly?)
-TOA

the other amy @ 10/31/2003 12:49 AM CST


I am Soooo glad to find this site, I live in CO. I am forming campaign against gang rape as a result of this so called 'third party consent' in the DA's statement. I was so outraged that I decided to take action...wanted to organize protest against the campus. You want to know something, I have been stonewalled by every women's (except one) organization in CO, asking me not to protest, etc. And one organization...well none other than a powerful 'anti-rape' coalition...so, it does make you wonder. Most college gang rapes Never even go to trial -- that is fact. Dark ages, no, it is worse...yet we speak of the Middle East and their treatment of women...hmmmm, maybe we need to look in our own backyard.

T Haselton @ 11/07/2003 05:26 PM CST


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