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Turned a blind eye? I disagree

Posted on: May 19, 2011 9:42 am
Edited on: May 19, 2011 3:02 pm
I just watched the "Today" story on the woman who accused Wake Forest's Gary Clark of sexual assault in 2009.

I don't know what to make of it.

The woman, Maggie Hurt, says she performed oral sex on Clark because he told her to and because she was too scared to not do what he said. Clark, obviously, says it was consensual. No charges were ever filed because there were no witnesses or physical evidence to back her story. So what we have is a classic he-said-she-said situation with the character of each party under attack. Clark's attorney, for example, has told the newspaper in Winston-Salem (N.C.) that Hurt had sex in a hotel bathroom with a male cheerleader just hours before the alleged incident. That comment, presumably, was designed to suggest Hunt is promiscuous, which may or may not be true. Either way, it doesn't mean she wasn't also sexually assaulted. So here we are, just running in circles.

My only issue with the "Today" show story is this: Host Meredith Vieira set up the piece by saying "some schools are turning a blind eye" to sexual assault, and -- though it might be true in general -- that just seems incredibly unfair as it pertains to this case. Again, I have no idea whether Clark sexually assaulted Hurt. If he did, it's a shame he's getting away with it. But the bigger shame would've been punishing Clark based on nothing more than the word of a woman, because though men get away with sexual assaults all the time, men are also falsely accused of sexual assaults all the time, and I can't see a way for Wake Forest or police to punish or charge Clark with sexual assault in this case given the lack of witnesses and physical evidence.

Bottom line, it's an uncomfortable and sad story all the way around.

But I don't think anybody turned a "blind eye."

The only alternative to not charging Clark would've been to charge him without witnesses and physical evidence.

And that, to me, would've been much, much worse.

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Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: May 22, 2011 3:53 am

Turned a blind eye? I disagree

just so you know probable cause can be established by her testimony alone. there is no physical evidence required. it is the lowest threshold in law and if it is not met the case is dismissed immediately. probable cause is almost always met because the courts want to give people their day in court. probable cause does NOT mean that the crime probably happened. probable cause actually says almost nothing to the matter of the event happening. when probable cause is met it can mean anything from this person did it to we have no idea what actually happened, but since it is possible that it happened we should look into the matter further

Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: May 22, 2011 3:49 am

Turned a blind eye? I disagree

i attended wake forest the same time as this girl and actually personally know her. from what i have seen she seems to be more than a little crazy and other people (all guys) have said the same about her. im not saying this didn't happen and if it did its ashame clark will probably walk away unpunished. however, i do not believe this girl and i do not believe that wake forest would have turned a blind eye on this matter had there been anything other then the girl's own testimony

Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: May 20, 2011 10:41 am

Turned a blind eye? I disagree

I live in Martinsville and know this girl and her family.  The girl is not the sharpest tool in the shed, and her mother is in all likelyhood the driving force behind this whole aftermath.  While I fell bad for Maggie, I would ask, why in the world would you consent to go to their room after wandering around the halls at 3AM?  I have a daughter about the same age, that fortunately has the sense not to put herself in a position like that.  What you have here is a dumb girl, and a dumber mother.  Very sad.

Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: May 20, 2011 10:12 am

Turned a blind eye? I disagree

Similar to the Michigan State story.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: May 20, 2011 6:15 am

Turned a blind eye? I disagree

I'm not clear on all the details, but didn't this happen in Miami?  The Miami police investigated and found nothing.  What should Wake Forest then do? If she was assaulted, I'm sorry, that's a horrific experience that I hope you never have to go through again.  It does work both ways.  Guys are wrongfully accused all the time, there's just no way to know. I don't agree that Wake turned a blind eye. They are simply going on the facts they have. You can't ruin a young man's career and reputation without proof. 

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: May 20, 2011 1:25 am

Turned a blind eye? I disagree

What purpose do these stories serve except to feed the hatred that too many idiots in this country have for one another?

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2011 4:54 pm

Turned a blind eye? I disagree


Here's the problem: Parrish didn't say the Today Show should be punished. Nor did he say the woman shouldn't have her story heard. He simply stated that Meredith Vieria's comment of "some schools are turning a blind eye to sexual assault" was an unfair statement to make before talking about this case because in this case, that statement doesn't apply. Wake Forrest, from everything we've seen, did not turn a blind eye to this situation. The Today show, IMO, was attempting to get people to make the connection between the fact that "Some schools are turning a blind eye to sexual assault" and the Wake Forrest incident, which, frankly, seems off-base considering the school apparently had nothing more than a he-said, she said, incident.

He even emphasized that this was the only issue he had with the Today Show piece.

This in no was dimishises the seriousness of sexual assault, or takes away from the fact that yes, there are incidents where schools do not respond properly. But to preface a piece with "Some schools don't do the right thing" when what we seem to be dealing with was a school that did do the right thing, is, IMO, somewhat of a deceptive practice

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2011 4:49 pm

Turned a blind eye? I disagree

This is a classic case of he said she said. By going on the Today show she withdraws her right of anonimity, so she should be named. The 2 people accused of the sexual assault will be stained if not forever at least a long time.

But I have a couple of points.

Why did she not report it immediately to the police? Sexual assault is a serious crime that cannot be dealt with by the university alone. By not reporting it she is deeming it not that serious. 

If she did not sexual relations hours before the alledge assault then that just show her having a sexual relationship that night and it ws true.

If she was that scarred, she had plenty of time to report this when the the threat of violence had abated.

If they did it get them. if not get her.

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2011 4:03 pm

Turned a blind eye? I disagree

I agree Parrish, the way she generalized that "other schools" are turning a blind eye to sex offense allegations, etc., is a very unfair generalization. She could at least be specific (Notre Dame, for example), rather than grouping so many schools into that statement that do not deserve it.

Since: May 19, 2011
Posted on: May 19, 2011 12:56 pm

Turned a blind eye? I disagree

@Vegas Lance First of all, my comment was in reply to the article below mine.  Second, I didn't say "the facts of the case established probable cause to believe Clark committed the crime of Sexual Battery," the officer's report did.  Also, there would have to be a victim statement because this case was brought before Wake Forest's judicial board, which included witnesses who testified on her behalf and against.  

I don't disagree with Parrish.  I disagreed with post below mine.  I should have specified.  

I do not agree, however, that the Today Show should be punished for what they did.  They shed light on the prevalence of rape in universities and presented the facts. Obviously the facts were only from one party, but they did their homework.  I take issue with people who think they didn't see the police report.  Likely they saw the report and had the official statement from the victim at the court hearing.  

My facts are straight.  I can't speak of my verbosity.  

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