The trial against the three former U.S. Naval academy football players accused of raping a female classmate is getting even more ridiculous – and insulting.
Defense lawyers for the men spent an estimated 30 hours asking the victim inappropriate questions about her sex life. They also asked her whether or not she apologized to one of her classmates for being a “ho.”
Because the victim’s trial is an Article 32 proceeding, lawyers are allowed to ask questions not permitted in civilian courts and can include cross-examinations of witnesses so intense, that legal experts say they frighten many victims from coming forward. The Article 32 military hearing is meant to determine whether the case is trial material.
Add that to the list of insults and victim shaming the 20-year-old Naval Academy sophomore has to endure.
If you recall, the alleged assault took place in April 2012 at an off-campus house in Annapolis referred to as ‘the football house.’ The victim woke up with bruises after a night of heavy drinking and later learned from friends and social media that three football players claimed to have had sex with her while she was intoxicated.
However, she didn’t immediately press charges against classmates Trav’es Bush, Eric Graham, and Joshua Tate. And when she did come forward and tell Navy Criminal Investigators, she was disciplined for drinking and the boys were allowed to continue playing football.
Because that’s not encouraging rape culture at all.
When will the madness end.
SOURCE: Daily Mail