Creative Destruction

April 7, 2006

Student Who Wrote Woman-Hating Email Attended “Take Back The Night” Rally

Filed under: Current Events — Ampersand @ 1:19 pm

Ryan McFayden, the Duke Lacrosse player who wrote a vile email fantasizing about what a turn-on it would be to murder and skin a stripper, apparently attended “Take Back The Night,” an annual feminist rally against rape, just a few days after writing the email.

…McFadyen reportedly was one of about 500 people who attended a Take Back the Night march during Sexual Assault Awareness Week at Duke.

“I completely support this event and this entire week,” McFadyen told The Chronicle, Duke’s student newspaper. “It’s just sad that the allegations we are accused of happened to fall when they did.”

Yeah, that’s the sad thing.

Saying you’re against rape doesn’t mean you are against rape. Saying you’re against woman-hating doesn’t mean you don’t loathe women.



  1. Woof, that’s creepy.

    Well, that suggests one of three things to me:

    1) as some people have speculated, the email did not in fact come from McFayden, but from one of his “buddies” (clever alibi, you see; everyone swap names, which they have been doing)

    2) cynical attempt at an ass-covering move, the blatant gall of which more than ever suggests he’s a real psychopath

    3) spineless little gobshite who wrote the email to please his buddies and now is waving the Take Back the Night flag when it looks like the wind might be blowing the other way.

    I’m guessing a combination of 2 and 3.

    Comment by belledame222 — April 8, 2006 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

  2. A certain statement made by defense lawyers, and earlier, the actions of the three lacrosse captains, argue heavily that no rape occurred.

    Early into the investigation, defense lawyers asserted that since no sexual contact occurred, there would be no match of items (impliedly, semen, hair, skin) taken from the complainant with DNA of any of the 46 team members. Such a statement effectively eliminates as a defense that there was sex, but that it was consensual. In a case of this sort—where a self-described escort (in most instances, a euphemism for prostitute) comes calling—consensual sex is a compelling defense, not a defense lightly tossed into the hamper. Condoms or not, the chance of no DNA matches occurring after a 30 minute bout of rape, assault, and sodomy, are slim and none. Defense counsel would not make such a statement unless sure of its accuracy.

    Despite repeated complaints in the media and in Durham that the team members have not cooperated in coming forward with information, the three team captains initially came forward and gave statements to the police investigators as to what occurred. More importantly, they offered to undergo lie detector testing, which was declined by the police. It is apparent that the statements given to the police were completely exculpatory of themselves and others at the party. No guilty party, and no party with guilty knowledge, volunteers to subject himself to a lie detector test, and in this case, three sought the test.

    Either no rape occurred, or the players and their lawyers are fools.

    Comment by John — April 9, 2006 @ 11:23 am | Reply

  3. Such a statement effectively eliminates as a defense that there was sex, but that it was consensual.

    It doesn’t. Statements made by defense lawyers to the media are not evidence. They’re perfectly free to walk into court and argue a defense of consensuality. I don’t know where you get the notion that defense counsel would never, ever say anything untrue to the media. Do you know what “poisoning the well” means?

    Comment by mythago — April 9, 2006 @ 2:08 pm | Reply

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