Meltdown: Rolling Stone Backtracks on Explosive UVA Rape Story, Issues ApologyPosted: December 5, 2014 | |
Meghan Keneally reports: A stunning report about how rape is handled at UVA that sparked national outcry and prompted the university to suspend all fraternity activities for the year is now being called into question.
“In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced.”
Rolling Stone magazine today began distancing themselves from the shocking story published last month about a student that the publication identified as “Jackie,” who said that she was the victim of a gang rape by seven men at a fraternity party.
“In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced,” the magazine’s managing editor, Will Dana, wrote in a letter published on the magazine’s website.
whoa. Key elements of Rolling Stone’s article on U of Virginia’s gang rape story now in doubt http://t.co/6iaqNHNM4z
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Dana said the author of the lengthy feature, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, did not talk to any of the students involved in the alleged rape before publishing the story out of respect for Jackie.
“We were trying to be sensitive to the unfair shame and humiliation many women feel after a sexual assault and now regret the decision to not contact the alleged assaulters to get their account. We are taking this seriously and apologize to anyone who was affected by the story.”
The fraternity where the rape allegedly occurred has released a statement today denying the article’s allegations.
“We have no knowledge of these alleged acts being committed at our house or by our members,” the statement from the Virginia branch of Phi Kappa Psi reads.
The fraternity where the rape allegedly occurred has released a statement pointing out three problems that its own investigation in conjunction with the Charlottesville Police Department has found in Jackie’s story.
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- Rolling Stone: ‘Our trust in her was misplaced’ over woman’s account of alleged UVA gang rape (pbs.org)
- ‘Rolling Stone’ Says Trust In Gang-Rape Accuser Was ‘Misplaced’ (wnyc.org)
- Rolling Stone Editor Says He Regrets Publishing UVa Gang Rape Story (inthecapital.streetwise.co)
- Rolling Stone Backs Off U.Va. Rape Story (nbcmiami.com)