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Alaska DA will not bring charges in Stanford sexual-assault case

Original post made on Aug 11, 2014

The district attorney in Juneau, Alaska, has announced that his office will not be bringing any charges in a sexual-assault case filed this spring by Juneau resident and Stanford University student Leah Francis against another Stanford student.

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 11, 2014 at 2:03 pm

It's sad, but it is a he said, she said situation. [Portion removed.] I also do not think that Stanford University is the primary authority to rule on this alleged crime, as it took place far off campus. I agree with her reporting it to university authorities to keep them in the information loop so that IF he were charge/convicted, then they could take steps to punish him regarding his status as an ongoing student at the university. We are in a tricky era where universities are being pressured by the Obama Administration to step up to try to better manage these unfortunate situations, which span a wide range from extreme physical attacks to date rape to cases where neither party really recalls what happened owing to impairment.


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Posted by parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 11, 2014 at 2:21 pm

At a broader level, concerning is the lack of focus on the alcohol consumption surrounding rapes. Perpetrators and victims. Anyone care to sue the alcohol companies? They are inhibiting people from protecting themselves, and fueling high risk situations.


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Posted by parent
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 11, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Both of the above comments are blaming the victim, no matter what the posters may claim or think. Why not put more attention on the rapist instead of entirely on the victim?


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Posted by Ken
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 11, 2014 at 2:58 pm

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The critical issue is that the police should investigate, not the faculty. The Alaska police investigated, and did not charge the guy. What is Stanford doing, here? I think he may have a tort against Stanford, if his lawyer wants to bring it.


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Posted by feedback
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 11, 2014 at 3:11 pm

parent,

In this case, alcohol appears to be part of the rationale for not convicting. At least there should be fair warning to everyone, that alcohol will be part of the legal case, and victim loses. Or change the laws and make sure everyone knows that being drunk still means you're innocent. Calling people victim blamers won't help anything in what appears to be an epidemic.


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Posted by MIke
a resident of University South
on Aug 11, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Parent says, "Why not put more attention on the rapist instead of entirely on the victim?" Because he is not a "rapist", but rather the "accused".


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Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 12, 2014 at 12:09 pm

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Oh, and btw, this wasn't on Stanford campus, so I always wondered why anyone thought Stanford should be involved. Do you report this kind of incident to your place of work, too? Just curious.


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Posted by True Blue
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 13, 2014 at 7:45 pm

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Posted by True Blue
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 13, 2014 at 9:55 pm

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Excellent - the PA Weekly is here to ensure there is no diversity of views presented here. The only accepted view is to pity the "victim" and persecute the "accused."

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Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 14, 2014 at 10:26 am

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I don't understand why my post was removed??? Are we not allowed to have an OPINION?!?!

True Blue - I don't know what you wrote, but I guess you're not allowed an opinion either.
This is why people don't take responsibility for their own actions....no one wants to let them hear that they may have played a part. Kids these days try to get out of everything. And their parents help them. "Poor little Johnny - It wasn't his fault"
Hmmmm!


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Posted by PowerMax
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 14, 2014 at 4:50 pm

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Is it possible for the author of the story to expand on why the Alaska DA would be involved when the crime occurred here? I get that the two people involved were from AK, but I've never of that before. Is this common? Or was it more of a novel approach due to differences in the way the crime is described?


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Posted by Those 183 Votes
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 14, 2014 at 8:56 pm

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@PawerMax,

"Is it possible for the author of the story to expand on why the Alaska DA would be involved when the crime occurred here? "

The crime occurred in Alaska. The only reason it is being dealt with at Stanford is because both victim and accuser attend Stanford. Stanford has a responsibility to make sure students have a safe learning environment. That involves making sure the victim is safe from the accused.

You might also reconsider asking for information from the "author" of the article in the Weekly. The Weekly's article is pretty much a word for word copy of the Juneau Empire newspaper's article. See: Web Link

In fact this article is so similar it would be viewed as plagiarism anywhere else. The journalist only attributes one quote to the Juneau Empire. How has the Weekly got to this new low?


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Posted by rick
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 14, 2014 at 11:33 pm

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Is it policy or law why the accused has never been named in the press?


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