Perhaps the Duke debacle had nothing to do with it, but members of DeAnza College’s baseball team won’t be charged with gang-raping a drunken 17-year-old at a March 3 party near San Jose. The district attorney of Santa Clara County found “insufficient evidence,” though the county sheriff said she believes the girl was sexually abused.
There’s no question that several men had sex with the girl. Other party-goers cheered them on. The issue is whether she was too drunk to give consent. Three female students — all soccer players — pushed into the room, chased off the guys and took the girl to a hospital; they say she was semi-conscious and covered with vomit.
The teen-ager says she can’t remember what happened. Other witnesses apparently told conflicting stories. It might have been a difficult case to win but far from impossible. I can’t help wondering if the DA’s reluctance to prosecute was another victim of the Duke non-rape case.