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Is an apology enough?

This blog entry is excerpted from Edie Magnus' entry on May 2005.

by Edie Magnus

I am always fascinated with people who bravely make an unpopular choice based on principle.  Given the response she's gotten from the world at large even before having her story appear on "Dateline, "I imagine that Liz Seccuro's choice may prove to be an unpopular one.  But she has her reasons, which she puts forth powerfully and persuasively in our forthcoming report. Liz is — by virtue of what has happened to her in her life – a crusader.  And she's one of the most effective and interesting people we've had the pleasure to meet.  I am certain of only one thing with this story:  one way or the other, you will likely have an opinion about her.  She is a woman about whom almost no one can remain neutral.

As our airdate approached Liz was once again on edge.  How would she "appear," she wanted to know.  How were we portraying her?  Were people going to like her – or think she was nuts?  Even if I could have answered her (we don't show our pieces to subjects prior to broadcast) -- I had no answers anyway.  This is one of those interesting moments when whatever you as a viewer bring to it will determine what you think of her.  For an hour on prime time television we let her make her case – and she sure makes it well.  Liz made a choice to seek justice for an act allegedly committed against her long ago.  She could have let it go, but she didn't. Hopefully, as you watch, you'll consider the question we pose at the very beginning of the story:  What Would You Do?

"Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" airs Dateline Saturday, January 27, 8 p.m.

Editor's note: Since the May broadcast, two weeks before his court date,  William Beebe spoke out and made a public admission, saying he "crossed a line in the standards of conduct with Liz Seccuro." He added that he "regretted that conduct immediately afterwards and since." He struck a deal and pled guilty to one count of aggravated sexual battery. Under the agreement, the state recommended Beebe serve two years in prison, perhaps even less if he cooperates in a new investigation that touches on some of Liz's unresolved fears that she addressed with Beebe in an email exchange— that he wasn't the only attacker. 

While Beebe initially told her that he remembers being the only man present, it turns out that Liz's foggy recollection may have been right after all. In court, the prosecutor said that new evidence suggests that Liz may have been sexually assaulted that night — not just by Beebe — but by others at the fraternity party.

Now she once again has to wait for justice to take its course.