updated: May 18, 2006
DURHAM, N.C. -- The parents of the alleged victim in the Duke lacrosse rape investigation said their daughter is not being seen favorably so they are speaking out on her behalf...Mary and Travis Mangum and other members of the Mangum family have been making almost daily statements and have granted countless interviews to the media since the start of this scandal. There is no logical or ethical reason why they should have their identity protected. Where and when does the mainstream media finally draw a line and say enough?
Mary and Travis, who asked that their last names not be revealed, spoke to CBS' "48 Hours." They said their daughter has been portrayed unfairly. Defense attorneys are questioning the accuser's credibility. The alleged victim's parents said that is one reason they are coming forward to speak on her behalf.
"She is a beautiful young lady and that she is a good girl. She is not bad," Mary said.
"She has always been my baby girl and I will always love her," Travis said.
Mary and Travis also told "48 Hours" that even though their daughter is afraid to leave her house, she is trying to keep up with her course work in college by taking classes online. They said their daughter was trying to make a better life for herself and her children before the alleged incident.
Parents: Daughter Being Portrayed Unfairly In Duke Lacrosse Rape Case [wral.com, May 15, 2006]
update: May 18, 2006
Finally, some commonsense legal advice for the Mangum family. Attorney Mike Simeon, offers sound advice in a News & Observer story - Lawyer urges accuser's kin to stop statements:
After almost daily appearances on national television, the family of the woman accusing three Duke lacrosse players of rape is being urged to take a lower profile.The mainstream media has certainly been guilty of stalking and using the Mangum family as props in this story. The family should keep quiet. Mark Simeon is a local black lawyer who ran for district attorney in 2002. He supported Mike Nifong and introduced Nifong at his church and other events.
The family has turned to local lawyer Mark Simeon, who said he plans on cutting off the family's frequent statements to the media and appearances on national television.
"It's created problems," Simeon said. "They have been inadvertently hurting their daughter."
Simeon has said that he would like to represent the accuser in any future civil litigation. However, he said, he has not spoken to the accuser.
Duke Rape Accuser: Crystal Gail Mangum [TJN, April 21, 2006]
Duke Lacrosse Rape Case: Identifying the Accuser Debate [TJN, May 15, 2006]
Open Letter to Crystal Gail Mangum [TJN, April 30, 2006]
via: Duke Rape Accuser's Parents Verify Identity as Crystal Gail Mangum [pretendpundit.com]