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Naval Academy sex assault case: Conflicting statements mark hearing

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) – It has been a week now since the hearing to help decide whether three U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen will be court-martialed on sexual assault charges. The hearing was closed to cameras and took place at Washington Navy Yard.

On Tuesday, Navy investigator and special agent Michelle Robinson testified that the alleged victim had told her she wasn’t sure whether the sex had been consensual. The female midshipman has testified that she was drinking heavily one night in April of 2012 at an off-campus party in Annapolis. She doesn’t remember having sex with the men, and told a Baltimore TV station:

"I woke up the next morning with bumps and bruises...I knew something wasn't right."

The hearing, which has run late into the night and throughout the holiday weekend, has been marked by conflicting statements about how drunk the victim was and whether the sex really was consensual.

Her defenders are currently saying she is being re-victimized by a male-dominated system bent on protecting its own.

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