The Law: The Price of Rape

It was about 1 o'clock on a Saturday afternoon last October. The captain of the Reasonable Women, an intramural basketball team at Catholic University law school in Washington, D.C., was early when she headed into the gym for practice. The women's locker room looked deserted. It was not. As the woman slipped into her togs, a young black man stepped into view. Frightened, she asked him to leave and made a break for the door. He grabbed her, choked her and raped her. When he heard other voices approaching, he escaped.

The victim, 24, sued the university. She argued that the assault...

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