Ashley has the outrageously disturbing, senseless and tragic story of a young woman who was raped and later committed suicide, and whose parents are now suing her college alleging that they didn’t do enough to prosecute the rapists. A description of the assault (trigger warning):
Wright was allegedly raped after leaving a party in a residence hall in May 2006. The lawsuit claims students were openly consuming alcoholic beverages in violation of school policy. After the leaving the party, two young men steered her from her room and brought her to another room where the three men named in the lawsuit took turns raping her. The lawsuit says other young men were watching and high fiving each other at various times during the assault.
The lawsuit also says: “While Megan Wright was still in the room, one of the assailants exited the room and held up a white sign, which purportedly contained Megan Wright’s signature, to the surveillance cameras so that the camera could pick up the works printed on the sign above the signature: I WANT TO HAVE SEX.”
According to the lawsuit, the next morning, Wright woke up believing something was wrong. She had a vague recollection of the events of the previous evening. She noticed that she was wearing different clothes and was sore and bleeding in the vaginal area. Wright went to White Plains Hospital where an examination confirmed that “substantial injuries, including bruising and lacerations, indicated forcible rape. The nurse on duty that day, in fifteen years of practice, has rarely seen a victim evincing more physical trauma than Megan Wright.”
In all of my writing/reading/learning about sexual assault, perhaps nothing has ever convinced me so quickly and strongly that a person is guilty of rape than his holding up to a security camera a sign that says I WANT TO HAVE SEX and is purportedly signed by the victim. It’s up there in eye-witness, DNA-evidence territory. In fact, one might assume that such a flagrant and ill-conceived attempt to refute rape charges would be the rapists’ one big mistake.
But, amazingly, appallingly, and sickening, no, it apparently was not. It seems to have been the smartest thing that these pieces of shit could have done. (emphasis mine)
The lawsuit says Dominican College never conducted its own investigation. It directed Megan to pursue the investigation with a detective in the Orangetown police department who, unbeknownst to Megan at the time, was employed by Dominican College as an instructor.
The detective took a writing sample from Megan by asking her to write the words: I WANT TO HAVE SEX. In his police report, the detective indicated that his refusal to investigate the assault was due, at least in part, to the fact that he believed that Megan’s handwriting matched the writing on that sign.
A detective from the District Attorney’s office also met with Megan. According to the lawsuit, shortly after that meeting, the detective told Megan and her mother that the case was difficult to prosecute because the physical trauma did not make her unrecognizable and there were no eye witnesses to Megan’s attack. She further advised that, although detective believed in her, the alleged assailants had retained attorneys who would not permit them to be interviewed by the DA’s office.
Well, speaking of pieces of shit . . .
Here’s a fucking clue, “detective”: if a man feels the need to go out into the hallway and hold up a sign expressing a woman’s written consent so to prove that he’s not committing rape . . . he’s committing rape. Is this really so difficult? Do normal, non-rapists wake up every morning and spontaneously say “just in case you were wondering, I totally didn’t rape anyone last night. Honest!”? Because I’m entirely convinced that they don’t. And here’s a clue to the guys out there who think that these men may be innocent: if you feel the need to hold a sign up to a security camera in order to prove that you’re not committing rape . . . you’re committing rape, you scumbag fuck. You’re welcome for the advice.
Of course, what most likely happened was that Meagan was drugged or very drunk, and tricked into writing a statement in that state. Furthermore, the “detective” (no, seriously, this is the worst detective ever, I’m not giving him the courtesy of actually respecting his title as though he’s someone who does his job) seems to miss the fact that the victim at some point writing down on a piece of paper the words I WANT TO HAVE SEX above her signature doesn’t mean that she wanted to have sex with the three men in that room with her. The sign didn’t say “I want to have sex with John Doe, Bob Smith and Bill Jones all in a row, while other men watch, on this date of . . .” Even if the sign did somehow “prove” that she wanted to have sex — and I think any reasonable person would agree that it does not — it doesn’t prove that she wanted to have sex with those guys. And no matter what, she always had the right to revoke her consent at any point. A written statement doesn’t change that.
Of course, all of this is using logic. In the world of rape apologism, if any woman ever wants sex at any point in her entire life, then it means that she is available to any and every man who comes along. The woman wanted sex! Well what a slut. That probably means that she likes sex, too! Which totally means that she would like rape. And if the woman happened to want sex that very evening, then of course she consented to sex with three men all at once while other men watched! Because a woman can’t want sex and simultaneously turn down any potential partner who expresses an interest.
After all, this is the same “detective” who allegedly (and believably) said that even though Wright apparently had some of the worst rape-related injuries that a nurse of 15 years had ever seen, it wasn’t enough. Because her attackers left her identifiable. In other words, ladies, if you want to win your rape case, you better also be murdered and horribly disfigured! In which case, your rape/murder won’t be prosecuted because they don’t know who the fuck you are.
Then there’s the inconvenient little fact that the security camera also allegedly proves that there were eyewitnesses, watching the attack from the doorway and giving each other high-fives. Oops. But hey, what do little things like “facts” matter when you’re deliberately out to proclaim that a rape allegation is false? And lord knows that if a woman isn’t raped in front of a room of upstanding citizens — so upstanding, one would presume, that they didn’t even try to stop the rape — then her rape isn’t prosecutable. Why? You’ve got it: bitches lie, of course.
The rapists are still walking free. Since there is no victim to testify now, I imagine that they will remain that way — at least until they choose another victim who decides to report in a district where authorities give a shit. This “detective” still has his job. The school is deny, deny, denying — and in spite of sending Wright to an investigator with direct ties to the school, still seems to have its reputation in tact. And Meagan Wright is dead, as her family believes, because of these horrid facts. Because she was raped and the people who she needed to care and give a shit didn’t. Because she was traumatized, ignored, and blamed for what was done to her.
And she deserved better. Women deserve better.