And my intent was to boil hundreds of pages of information and documents I’d gathered over weeks and present them with the facts, in a chronological order.
Let me preface my conclusion today with the disclaimer that if this indeed occurred as reported, Courey didn’t “have it coming” and at no point am I accusing her of crying wolf.
Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”
Being an opinion columnist, my conclusion is my opinion, which likely is not a popular one.
False rape reports hit the news with a splash, but in reality, only about 2% of all rape accusations reported to police turn out to be false. That’s no higher than the false reporting of any other violent crime.
Memorable examples include the 1987 Tawana Brawley case where she was found naked in a garbage bag, covered in feces with catchy words like “KKK”, “Nigger”, and “Bitch” scrawled on body.
The words “Reverend Al” should have also been inscribed upon her, since he’d had such a big hand in everything… allegedly.
And few can forget when Crystal Mangum accused the entire Duke Lacrosse Team of gang-rape at a party where she’d been hired as a stripper. That charge was proven false but Mangum went on to bigger and better things, being found guilty in 2011 of stabbing her boyfriend to death after he “allegedly” beat and choked her.
Girl got some issues.
But let’s get to who owns what.
The University of Missouri let Courey down in one way – and only one way – but it was a huge one. The October medical assessment in which she claimed she’d been raped by “a football player” could have and should have been turned over to the Title IX people. Without a doubt.
That’s the first occasion I can find where MU was officially alerted to anything.
What doesn’t add up in Courey’s story? A lot, some of it understandable, some hard to come to terms with if you want to be on her side. And I do.
First, she didn’t report anything to anyone at any time.
Studies by the ACLU, Campus Safety
Magazine and even Cosmo find that 95% of all campus rapes go unreported. If unreported, all evidence is lost. Add to that, that more than half of campus rape victims tell no one; not friends, not family, no one.
So clearly Courey’s not alone in having taken the path she did if indeed a rape did occur, but that’s going to spell the end of the case.
Second, nothing in the event sounds right to me.
She was in bed with her boyfriend. Regardless of the thug mentality some may want to assign to him, how likely is it that her boyfriend would have either, (a) set the stage for his friends to join in when he was done, or (b) just stood by as it happened?
Further, there’s little of Courey’s story that she attributes to him or his actions. He’s virtually unmentioned; where was he, what he was doing? It’s not part of her story. Sound odd to you? It does to me.
Third, how many women would you think attempt to – or would have the freedom to make phone calls to friends – in mid-rape?
Further, how many rapists would have the attitude, “I’m gonna be back here doin my thing, I’ll try to be quiet while you make your calls, OK?”
Finally, and most damning, her best friend, Rolandis Woodland, claims Courey sent him a video of the incident. She’s his best friend; the video is the lone piece of evidence proving she was raped by three men.
How likely would Woodland be to misplace that video?
(I’m not even going to debate the likelihood of these guys transferring the cell phone video to a PC, burning a DVD then, somehow, forwarding it to her….as a souvenir?)
God forgive me if I’m wrong, but if I was sitting on the jury – or was the newly assigned detective on the case – relying on just facts and cognitive thought process, that’s where I’d have to come down on this case.
My prediction; the boyfriend and all the “players” get interviewed but no charges are filed against anyone.
What could have been done differently that would have left Courey in a better position?
Less than a quarter of rapes are stranger based and 90% of acquaintance rapes involve alcohol consumption by the victims. When you aren’t in control of your own faculties, the odds of your safety and outcome become stacked against you.
And sexual assault among men in professional or collegiate athletics scores high on the chart. These two facts are too often combined into a single perpetrator. Mix in too much alcohol and you’ve got a cocktail suitable for a Lifetime network docudrama.
Courey was a girl in deep pain.
Had that pain been caused by her gallbladder, appendix or cancer, she would have been given the best of everything. However instead she suffered emotional pain and mental anguish. Today, we still don’t know what to do with that kind of illness and a beautiful, talented woman is needlessly dead.
Courey failed herself with some bad choices. MU, to a lesser extent, let her down. But as she screamed at the police as she was slitting her wrist, the “system” also let her down.
And that, it did.