I don’t particularly follow college football. The accomplishments of star player Lamar Owens who greatly contributed to Navy’s successful 8-4 record were unknown to me. Regrettably, he is perhaps becoming more famous for his off the field behavior. The 22 year old senior has been charged with raping a fellow female student. Political correctness appears to dominate the military code of justice proceedings. I couldn’t believe that I read the following:
“The alleged victim testified the assault occurred after she had been out drinking at an Annapolis bar with friends. She said she was examined for rape on Jan. 31 and reported the attack to criminal investigators on Feb. 6. The taped conversation occurred shortly after.
Under cross-examination, the woman acknowledged she was very drunk on the night of the assault and that her memory of events was spotty. When defense attorney Wroble asked her if it was possible that she had consented to sex, she answered, "I suppose."
Later, however, she said, "I wouldn't define it as consent if I can't remember it happening."
Still later, she said, "I don't believe I would have consented."
Is there something I’m missing? Am I merely a red neck bubba who doesn’t get it? How can these proceeding go forward when the alleged victim cannot unambiguously assert whether or not she consented to the sexual activity? Is the Navy hysterically overreacting to avoid being labeled as reactionary and sexist?