Before laying out the issues in the tragic suicide of Megan Rondini, be aware that the comments at the Daily Mail are very much sympathetic toward her.
Now, for the issues:
1. We have a college girl who drinks alcohol and passes out. I once was part of a group of white males who loaded a passed out girl into her girlfriend’s car after a group of Mexican males tried to spirit her away, presumably to have sex with her unconscious body. I guess we’re lucky we didn’t get shot. It’s not clear from the details in this story how the girl ended up at the home of her alleged rapist.
2. A very important part of the story here revolves around the fact that the alleged rapist was 34 and comes from a very wealthy, politically connected family. You have to ask yourself if, like Hillary Clinton, he’s too big to jail. Since the girl was allegedly passed out, could he have put a date rape drug in her drinks? Some facts not reported in the Daily Mail story can be read at the Tuscaloosa News
3. Alabama rape law requires that a rape victim MUST physically resist (kicking, punching, etc.) or else there is no rape. Is this a fair law?
4. The dead girl supposedly stole her alleged rapist’s gun. She said she did so in order to protect herself from him. Police and the DA were ready to charge her with theft. Does this seem fair?
5. Can you reason out a broad message for both males and females from this tragedy? I assume that men prefer not to be accused of rape. Likewise, I assume that women prefer not to be victims of sexual assault.
Not only does there seem to be a male-female divide in this story, but also a strong class divide, along with a possibly corrupt legal system.
A college student may have been driven to suicide after she was turned on by police when she accused a powerful man of rape.
University of Alabama honors student Megan Rondini, 20, reported in July 2015 that she was sexually assaulted after a night of drinking.
The man whom she only knew as ‘Sweet T’ turned out to be business man TJ Bunn, 34, the son of an influential Tuscaloosa family.
In an explosive account published by Buzzfeed News, Megan’s family reveals how she never imagined she’d been viewed as a criminal and that investigators would find Bunn to be the true victim.