Victim now denies ASU player assaulted her

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TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - The arrest of an ASU football player is making national news, and so is this latest development, that the accuser is now recanting her story.

Davon Durant was arrested earlier this month on allegations of domestic violence and aggravated assault. His girlfriend, Kelsie Langley, initially told police he hit her in the face and grabbed her around the neck.

Now, that story has changed. But domestic violence advocates say changed stories happen all too often and likely the new version isn't the whole truth.

"There's a lot of self-blame that victims might be feeling, pressure from the perpetrator of the violence to begin with, to recant," said Allie Bones, the CEO of Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. Langley told our Tyler Baldwin Monday night that she lied to police and that Durant never laid a finger on her. "I said what I said to police because I was angry at Davon," she said.

At least one witness told police the victim was indeed attacked by the football player, and police noted physical injuries consistent with both statements. "We know that often victims will change their story when things start to go down the road of police involvement, prosecutors' involvement, the football team and the ASU community taking a strong stand against his actions and behaviors," said Bones.

Bones fears victims change the version of events once they realize the magnitude of the charges. As for Langley and her modified statement? "I want everybody to know that I'm not changing my story for anybody; nobody threatened me to change my story," she said.

It's now up to prosecutors to decide the next step. Durant is out on bond and Langley says the two haven't spoken since.

Domestic violence advocates says victim advocates are available all throughout the valley.

Link: http://www.azcadv.org.

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