It's been nearly 10 years since members of the Duke University lacrosse team held the party that would destroy their lives due to a false accusation of rape.
None of the campus administrators who branded the young men as rapists before the evidence was collected ever faced consequences, and it appears they have no remorse for their actions.
Richard Brodhead is still president of Duke, and in an interview with the Duke Chronicle, said he was "certainly at ease in my conscience" regarding the way he and his administration treated the innocent students who were falsely accused. Brodhead also said "I don't spend my time looking back on this" and said the whole incident "was distracting."
Oh, so sorry that forever tarnishing the reputations of innocent students was "distracting" for you, Mr. president.
In 2007, Brodhead showed a little more remorse, calling his actions "a mistake" and apologizing for what he had done. Yet now, Brodhead appears to be just fine with what he had done to the students and their families.
K.C. Johnson, who co-wrote the book on the case, pointed to a statement Brodhead made in 2006, in the heat of the accusation, where he presumed the guilt of his own students and blamed them for possibly being falsely accused.
"If our students did what is alleged, it is appalling to the worst degree," Brodhead said back then. "If they didn't do it, whatever they did is bad enough."
This is victim-blaming, yet those who perpetuate the belief that rape is rampant on college campuses won't admit that the falsely accused are victims, too.
Brodhead isn't the only administrator who seems to have no remorse for his actions. Members of the "Group of 88" – faculty who distributed advertisements asking "what does a social disaster sound like?" and quotes from students condemning the lacrosse players as if they were guilty – have tried to rewrite history regarding their actions. At least 50 members of the 88 are still employed by Duke, and many others have gone on to other schools.
One former Duke lecturer, Christine Beaule, claimed to the Duke Chronicle that the flyer "wasn't about the kids at all." Sure it wasn't, Beaule, sure it wasn't; it just included comments from students claiming "the kids" were racists and rapists.
Another former faculty member said they would have had to have been "a psychic" to see the backlash for the ad coming. This just shows what was going through the minds of many involved in vilifying the innocent students: They were so convinced of their guilt that they didn't think anyone could possibly believe otherwise.
The Chronicle reported that some of the signatories said the ad was supposed to start a discussion on campus about Duke culture. They're essentially saying: "It's not our problem you misinterpreted our intentions." Even though their intentions appeared clear, given the timing of the ad and the direction of the comments included.
It's been 10 years since this rape hoax happened, and those involved don't appear to have any remorse for their actions. Worse still, the media and society have not learned anything about the rush to judgment in sensational accusations and the need for due process for those accused.
Ten years after Duke, and every accusation is still treated as true, while the accused are denied their due process rights to defend themselves.
If the people who perpetuated the hoax really want to start a discussion, it will be about how society is so quick to believe any accusation and deny rights to potentially innocent people.
Ashe Schow is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.