News| Duke Rape Case | Web Site Launched for Alleged Duke Rape Victim

News| Duke Rape Case | Web Site Launched for Alleged Duke Rape Victim

Published February 11, 2008

Posted May 17, 2006 – Supporters of the alleged victim in the Duke lacrosse rape case, calling themselves "The Coalition of the Concerned," have launched a Web site where sympathizers can leave messages and get information about sexual abuse counseling.

Ourheartsworld.com was introduced Sunday by advocates for the 27-year-old Black North Carolina Central University student who says she was gang-raped and beaten by three White men at a March 13 party, where she was hired to strip.

Three lacrosse players have been indicted in the case.  David Evans, the third man to be charged, was scheduled to make a first court appearance Tuesday, but his attorneys waived the hearing, ABC News reported.

Evans, 23, who proclaimed his and his teammates' innocence, turned himself in to authorities Monday and was released after posting $400,000 bond.  His next court date will be the week of June 19, ABC News reported. 

Reade Seligmann, 20, of Essex Fells, N.J., and Collin Finnerty, 19, of Garden City, N.Y., were indicted last month.

Sponsors for ourheartsworld.com say the alleged victim has been the target of attacks by defense attorneys and the media.  Its members include the Triangle Urban League, the NAACP and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

The site also offers sexual assault survivors access to counseling information.

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Written by BET-Staff

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