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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Open Letter to Crystal Gail Mangum

Dear Ms. Mangum:

This is a certainly an extremely difficult time for you. You have reported that a very violent sexual assault was committed against you. Now is the time to be brave and step forward again if you want to seek justice for those who have hurt you.

You need to find strength from your family and church in order to face your assailants in full public view. Your case has become a symbol for so much it is no longer possible for you to remain known to the world as simply the "accuser" or "the alleged Duke lacrosse rape victim" and hope that you receive justice. Your presence is needed and your voice or the voice of your spokesperson must be heard.

The reality is that you will only find justice after a long and torturous journey in a court of law. Today you must aid and reinforce that mission of seeking justice by stepping forward and saying you are not afraid to face your assailants in public. Because this is a case where justice needs a champion and you can help.

Hopefully your family and church will help you find the strength to continue your fight for justice before the eyes of the world.

Sincerely,
The Johnsville News

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p.s.
What this means practically is:

Find a good lawyer and/or law firm.
Let your lawyer be your spokesperson on all matters related to your case.
Ask your family and friends to not speak about the case.
Ask the police or FBI for protection if you are being threatened.

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