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Duke Withholding Judgment Until Rape Probe Complete

Posted February 12, 2007

— Police on Monday continued their investigation of a reported sexual assault that happened early Sunday morning at an off-campus party near Duke University.

Meanwhile, university officials said they are withholding judgment until the investigation is complete.

"We're still trying to sort out what happened and all the other details before we act any further," said Larry Moneta, Duke's vice president of public affairs.

Moneta said the university is providing support to the alleged victim, an 18-year-old Duke student, and anyone who needs it.

The alleged incident was reported early Sunday at about 5:30 a.m. when police received a call about a woman who said she was raped in the bathroom of a duplex at 405 Gattis St.

Durham police said about 50 people were at the party at the time. Sources told WRAL that drugs and a weapon were found at the house, and a police spokeswoman said Monday that investigators are looking into that claim.

No one has been charged in connection with the allegations.

Police Chief Steve Chalmers said investigators were also working Monday to determine who was at the party and working with the alleged victim to get a better description of what the assailant looked like.

Anyone with information related to the alleged attack is asked to call Durham CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.

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  • buck121794 Feb 19, 2007

    Talk about racism, the whites are guilty without proof and the black man is not.

  • talkinturkey Feb 13, 2007

    Mr. Broadhead please explain--or better yet resign! First you announce the lacrosse players are guilty without any support, and now you appear not to believe one of your own female students was raped. You could at least make a truly supporting statement. Is your sole function at Duke to raise money--if so not from this alum. until you resign.

  • Tired Of Excuses Feb 13, 2007

    Click, please, this happened OFF campus. Don't slam Duke just because someone made an allegation of rape. Trust me, there are rapes that happen off campus at many colleges and universities. Anytime you mix alcohol and college students there are going to be problems. Twenty years ago date rape was brought to the fore front and we were educated. Perhaps the lesson of how NOT to behave at parties for both sexes needs to be taught again.

  • hail2opeth Feb 13, 2007

    Regarding clickclackity2's comment, there is obviously a problem with society, not just Duke. These rapes involving students from Duke University happen to make headline news. But they certainly are not the only rapes that occur in the Triangle Area. It's a shame that more men are not vigilant in making sure all ladies are protected from the few among us who would do them harm. Where are all of my fellow Knights in Shining Armor when the Fair Damsels in Distress need them?

  • cbhopper122859 Feb 12, 2007

    ok mikey heres your chance to railroad a black man this time.no interviews just pick one and throw him in jail.

  • Sherlockholmes Feb 12, 2007

    Smart Move For Duke, Better Silent And Be Thought A Fool..

  • clickclackity2 Feb 12, 2007

    There's obviously a problem at Duke. This is not second allegation. There are also others.

  • C6-YA Feb 12, 2007

    Ahh... Lesson Learned Duke

  • HARDWRKR Feb 12, 2007

    What ever happens in this case, I hope Mikey doesn't have anything to do with it, if so, he may be elected Mayor of Durham or even become Governor. Oh Happy Days - YUK!