The auditorium on the first floor of North Carolina State’s James B. Hunt Jr. Library, with its rows of seats that rise to the back wall, can make for an intimidating platform. From that stage one day in April 2019, Brenda Tracy, a 5-foot-10 stranger to most in the room, shared her story with close to 400 of the school’s male athletes.
She told them of the night in 1998 when she was 24 and she and a friend attended a party. She told them how she was drugged and gang-raped by four men, two of whom were Oregon State football players. She told them how she first contacted the police anonymously and a search warrant was executed and evidence collected. She told them how the nurse who examined her at Salem Hospital testified that “by all indications, this was a case of nonconsensual sex.” Read More