Dateline: The Letter

  1. Anyone catch this episode last night? Twenty two years ago, a 17 year old was raped at the University of Virginia. Her attacker has been in AA for a number of years and decided to follow Step 8 and atone for his actions by writing her a letter of apology, followed by an email correspondence in which he admitted the rape. Turns out his willingness to come clean only went so far, though. The state of VA has no statute of limitations for felonies, and the woman went to the police. The trial starts this fall. His lawyer now says he ''didn't do it'', even though he admitted that he did. Isn't part of atoning for your actions accepting the consequences? He's just trying to weasle out of it, like he managed to do in 1984. I for one hope he gets what's coming to him. It seems as if he thought that just the apology was supposed to be enough. The fact that he forever altered the course of this woman's life isn't supposed to drive her to seek justice. It's a very compellling story....

    Last edit by mercyteapot on Sep 18, '06
  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   UM Review RN
    Compelling is right.

    I'd have to report it. After all, 20 years goes by and the creep still can find her, get in touch with her?

    What if he's not all that rehabbed?

    How safe will she feel if she lets him get away with it? How many others did he violate?

    I have all these disturbing questions--and more.
  4. by   sanctuary
    Good for her. Glad that there is no statute of limitations. He should have the same sentence that he would have gotten if he was arrested that night.
  5. by   mercyteapot
    I absolutely agree... I don't think it would have occured to me to go to the police after all this time. It was always my understanding that there was a statute of limitations everywhere for every crime except murder. With the advancement in DNA technology, it seems like other states should revisit the length of statutes in general, but that's fodder for a different thread, I suppose. (Although this one isn't getting any too much play, lol...) I just can't over the royal irony of this guy, boohooing to her, oh this event changed my life and I'm so sorry, I want your forgiveness, but the second he is expected to actually answer for his crime in the courts, he's back to pleading innocence. I think it's too bad that pig who was the administrator back at UVA couldn't have been charged with a crime, too. He's still saying he's ''comfortable'' with the way he handled this crime and basically blamed this poor girl for what happened... How nice for him!
  6. by   Medic2RN
    I have the same questions that Angie O'Plasty has. It's amazing how much information you can find about someone just by using the internet.

    I hope they throw the book at this guy after his trial if he is found guilty. He needs to deal with the consequences to his actions, even if it did occur 20 years ago.
  7. by   Corvette Guy
    The statue of limitations regards to felonies such as rape is a bunch of crap! You do the crime, then you better do the time...period. This guy's motives may have been genuine. HOWEVER, for him to have found her after all these years is scary. Plus, now he is taking back is apology [i.e. admission of guilt]... gimme a break, BUT NOT HIM!

    Rape is one of those crimes that infuriates me. The rapist is a scum bag. I'm just saying the punishment for rape needs to be severe.