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Rolling Stone and the lie deniers: the unjust ‘choose to believe’ Jackie’s tall story

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Jessica Valenti has lots to say about the Rolling Stone story on Jackie, the woman who claimed she’d been gang raped at a University of Virginia frat house in a sickening attack.

There is no proof a rape occurred. But Jessica Valenti begins her story:

Despite documented errors with the reporting and editing of the magazine’s story of rape at the University of Virginia, they’re still blaming the victim

By victim, she should mean the Phi Kappa Psi frat house and all its members who ware labelled rapists (false report rate on rapes is low, between 2 and 8 percent). But she doesn’t mean those criminals-in-waiting. She means Jackie.

Rolling Stone just doesn’t get it. Months after the magazine published a widely-criticized article about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, the details of which proved unverifiable, those responsible still refuse to take any real responsibility. Instead, editors at the magazine once again placed the blame for their errors where it so often ends up when it comes to sexual assault: on a young woman who alleges she was raped.

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Posted: 6th, April 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Sabrina Rubin Erdely apologises to everyone except the frat she falsely branded as violent gang rapists

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Sabrina Rubin Erdely, author of Rolling Stone magazine about a rape at a University of Virginia fraternity, has issued a statement. You can read it in full below. And when you do, look out for her apologising to the victims:

“The past few months, since my Rolling Stone article “A Rape on Campus” was first called into question, have been among the most painful of my life. Reading the Columbia account of the mistakes and misjudgments in my reporting was a brutal and humbling experience. I want to offer my deepest apologies: to Rolling Stone’s readers, to my Rolling Stone editors and colleagues, to the U.V.A. community, and to any victims of sexual assault who may feel fearful as a result of my article.

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Posted: 6th, April 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

‘Jackie’s Story’: the myth that only pro-rape activists seek proof of a crime

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The fallout from ‘Jackie’s Story’ of barbaric gang rape in a campus frat house continues to haunt Rolling Stone magazine and the University of Virginia. The magazine apologised for Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s story allegedly coerced from the hesitant ‘victim’.

Jackie’s Story was used to beat “lad culture“, sticking to the narrative of male sexual violence running unchecked. Circumspection and facts had no place in the lurid tale of depravity. We were all told to push back the “sea of misogyny“. Guilt was assumed. The frat boys were invited to prove their innocence in kangaroo courts.

Stuff elightenment. Although not a lynching, the story had echoes of the Scottsboro Boys. No proof needed when you have the usual suspects in the crosshairs.

We might never know what really happened to Jackie. But the feeling is that, whatever it was or wasn’t, it’s not as Erdely presented it.

With the story out there, Charlottesville Police Department investigated. They came up with nothing. On Monday Police Chief Timothy Long addressed the public:

“Unfortunately, we’re not able to conclude to any substantive degree that an incident that is consistent with the facts in the article occurred at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house, or any other fraternity house for that matter. I want to be clear: that doesn’t mean that something terrible didn’t happen to Jackie on the evening of September 28, 2012…So this case is not closed – it’s not closed by any stretch of the imagination.”

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Posted: 26th, March 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0