Nate Parker, in a Facebook post, is still saying he had consensual sex with an inebriated woman while a student at Penn State in 1999. But within his 480 words, there was no apology.
Parker’s post came on the heels of the victim’s brother letting the world know his sister committed suicide in 2012. The brother said his sister wasn’t the same after the 1999 incident. In his Facebook post, Parker alleged that he knew nothing about her death.
“These are my words. Written from my heart and not filtered through a third party gaze. Please read these separate from any platform I may have, but from me as a fellow human being. I write to you all devastated…
“Over the last several days, a part of my past – my arrest, trial and acquittal on charges of sexual assault – has become a focal point for media coverage, social media speculation and industry conversation. I understand why so many are concerned and rightfully have questions. These issues of a women’s right to be safe and of men and women engaging in healthy relationships are extremely important to talk about, however difficult. And more personally, as a father, a husband, a brother and man of deep faith, I understand how much confusion and pain this incident has had on so many, most importantly the young woman who was involved.
“I myself just learned that the young woman ended her own life several years ago and I am filled with profound sorrow…I can’t tell you how hard it is to hear this news.”
Nate went on to write that he couldn’t help but think of the rape accuser’s family. He called their sexual encounter “unambiguously consensual,” but notes that he should have taken a higher moral ground. Parker’s Facebook post is receiving plenty of comments, with one popular Facebook comment from former Clutch managing editor, Yesha Callahan, noting he did not apologize and stating she hopes his daughters never experience what the victim did when they enter college.