Thursday, September 17, 2009
Hoax At Hofstra Leads To Wrongful Charges Against Four Men?
Just what the heck is going on at Hofstra? Was the gang rape just made up and thus properly recanted? Is it possible that this "alleged victim" was pressured into dropping charges or is she a fabricator? We may never know the whole story. But under the circumstances, charges have been rightfully dropped against four men accused of raping a 18-year-old student at Hofstra University.
Originally, the girl claimed that she was lured to a dorm bathroom, bound and then sexually assaulted in a bathroom stall. She originally reported the crime to the university public safety office which then forwarded the complaint to the local police. Upon further questioning, she recanted her story and therefore, Jesus Ortiz, 19; Stalin Felipe, 19; Kevin Taveras, 20; and Rondell Bedward, 21; all of the New York are all free according to New York, District Attorney Kathleen Rice. The men had been previously arraigned and jailed subject to $500,000 bail. Each had apparently wrongfully been charged with five counts of first-degree rape. Making false rape accusations can be serious leading to both criminal and civil liability.
Hofstra is a private, nonsectarian institution of higher learning. It is located in the Village of Hempstead, New York. It has enjoyed an excellent reputation in academia since it started in 1935. Such scandals are not typical in this community of higher learning nor are they tolerated. ( Although Bernard Lawrence "Bernie" Madoff, former financier and Chairman of the NASDAQ stock exchange is an alumni!)
All are presumed to be innocent, including the alleged victim. But one must wonder what is going on at Hofstra University. What student of Hofstra agrees to have sex with multiple partners at the same time? What type of supervision exists in the dorm bathrooms? What safety patrols are on campus to prevent such occurrences, whether consensual or otherwise? Why didn't someone in the dorm tell all involved to stop? Even if this was consensual sex, a reasonable person would most likely realize that it was not a good idea. Not there. Not like that. If the youth are our future, than the future may be dark without a return to common sense and decency.