"I hope people who experience sexual violence in any form feel comfortable calling for help ... and know that each case is different, and they can seek help when they've been violated. There's a possibility that the way the media handles high-profile sexual assault cases, and the fear that would happen to any survivor who comes forward, can have a chilling effect and make them reluctant to step forward." — Margaret Barrett, executive director, Orange County Rape Crisis Center in Chapel Hill.
"We respect the integrity of the Attorney General’s investigation and supported the involvement of special prosecutors. If his office believes the state lacks sufficient evidence to convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that all the elements of each crime took place, then it is the state’s constitutional duty to dismiss the charges. ... Now, as we have repeatedly said, comes the hard part. How do we proceed toward the healing places in our communities and our hearts? Long after the television vans with their saucer antennas have pulled out of Durham, long after the bloggers have grown weary from typing, those of us who believe in freedom and justice can not rest. How do we work to ensure that the final decisions in this case in no way deter women of color from making claims of violations against them which violate their spirits and their bodies?" — statement from William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP
Finally, one voice of common sense and rational thinking processes:
"It confirms that there is a very great deal of damage that an official like a district attorney is capable of doing if they don't exercise their authority properly." — Paul Haagen, a Duke law professor and chairman of Duke's Academic Council.
Clearly, in some itty bitty, subpar minds, even though the three Duke lacrosse players have been declared INNOCENT (Cooper didn’t say “not enough evidence” he said INNOCENT you pusillanimous pipsqueaks), “something must have happened”. Yes, something happened. Crystal Gail Magnum lied, for whatever reason, and three young men’s lives were blasted all to hell! THAT is what happened.