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Friday, April 13 

Wonder If He'll Respond

I just sent a letter to Al Sharpton about the latest rape at Duke. Here is exactly what I sent, names changed to protect the innocent.
From: "Frank"
To: [crisis@nationalactionnetwork.com],[show@sharptontalk.net]
Subject: Another Duke Rape
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2007 11:53:07 -0400

Reverend Shaprton,

It has come to my attention that there is yet another rape case at Duke University, but I can't find any national media covering this event. I hoped that you would use your considerable power to help the victim of this terrible crime. After all, you did just use all the power at your disposal to help dispose of that racist Don Imus on behalf of the Rutgers ladies basketball team. I hope you could use that same sense of outrage to help this victim.

On February 13th the independent newspaper of Duke University, The Chronicle, reported that a young lady reported being raped at an off campus party hosted by members of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. To quote from the article, available at http://media.www.dukechronicle.com/media/storage/paper884/news/2007/02/13/News/OffEast.Rape.Investigation.Continues-2716034.shtml?sourcedomain=3Dwww.dukechronicle.com&MIIHost=3Dmedia.collegepublisher.com ,

"According to police reports released Monday, the 18-year-old woman reported forcible rape that took place at 3 a.m. at 405 Gattis St., where a party was hosted by some members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc."

According to the article, marijuana, cocaine, and Oxycontin were found at the scene. There are also unconfirmed reports that a gun was found as well.

When the alleged rape took place with allegations being leveled at the lacrosse team, the media, Jesse Jackson, and yourself could not get there fast enough to crucify the, as we now know, innocent players. Members of the faculty helped to create wanted posters for members of the team, their season was cancelled, and their lives were all but ruined. Why is it that this case, then, has garnered so little attention? In fact, according to the article, students who are being relocated are receiving assistance from the University. Where was the assistance from the University when the lacrosse team was being vilified?

The only difference in these two stories, as far as I can see, is that in the case of the lacrosse team it was a black female alleging rape by white men, while this case is a white female, alleging rape by a black man.

I would like to know when you plan to again visit the Duke campus to investigate these allegations? When will you be organizing your next march on behalf of this victim? When will you be appearing on national talk shows to demand justice for this girl? Can we expect Jesse to offer to pay her college tuition if these allegations turn out to be true?

Eagerly awaiting your response,

Frank

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