Over at Ms. Annie Shields has a post entitled "Apologizing For Roethlisberger" in which she takes several us to task for not taking the rape allegations seriously:
When an athlete is accused of sexual assault there's usually no shortage of voices expressing doubt about the allegations. This case, however, is different. Now that Roethlisberger is at the center of his second sexual abuse scandal in nine months, commentators have been forced to revise their typical skeptical responses. As it turns out, the classic approach of discrediting or blaming the victim doesn't play as well the second time around, so, instead of maligning the quarterback's 20-year-old accuser, many in the media have simply ignored her...These columnists' responses to Roethlisberger's newest scandal betray that they don't take these kind of allegations seriously, even the second time they are made. Rather than dealing with the quarterback's alleged sexual misconduct, they criticize him for partying, as if that's what the police investigation will be about. They do not denounce the alleged sexual assaults, because they try not to acknowledge them. And since they can't as easily get away with vilifying the second accuser, they dismiss her entirely.