Several friends of a UVA student who told Rolling Stone she was gang raped have given an extensive interview to The Washington Post that calls into question the credibility of the alleged rape victim.
The UVA student known as Jackie told Rolling Stone that a handsome upperclassman who belonged to Phi Kappa Psi had lured her to a frat party, where she was brutally gang raped by seven students.
While Rolling Stone has since backtracked on key details of the article, this latest report by The Post suggests that Jackie lied to three of her friends. Rolling Stone identified those friends as Randall, Andy, and Cindy in the article but apparently never interviewed them. Here are the main takeaways from the article:
- Jackie’s friends suggest she made up the supposed upperclassman who lured her to the frat. UVA officials told The Post that the name Jackie gave to her friends as belonging to her date and assailant didn’t belong to anybody who had ever attended UVA, let alone belonged to the fraternity she named. A photo she texted her friend of her supposed date actually belonged to a high school classmate of hers who attended another college, according to The Post.
- Details of the attack that she gave to her three friends differ significantly from the account in Rolling Stone. Jackie told her friends that her date had parked his car outside of his fraternity and invited her inside, where he forced her to perform oral sex on five men. Her friends, who saw her after she was allegedly attacked, said she seemed upset but not visibly injured. The Rolling Stone article said she was gang raped by seven men and left the party bloodied.
- Last week, Jackie revealed yet another name of the date who allegedly attacked her that differed from the one she gave her friends. Last week, Jackie named another man who was supposedly her date the night she was gang raped. That name was different from the one she gave Randall, Andy, and Cindy, according to The Post. The Post located a man with a similar name who said he worked as a lifeguard the same time Jackie did but that he had never met her. He also said he did not belong to the fraternity in question.
Since then, Rolling Stone has backtracked from the article, saying “there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced.”
Jackie spoke to The Post, telling the newspaper the “Rolling Stone account of her attack was truthful” but also acknowledging that “some details in the article might not be accurate.”
In apologizing for the story, Rolling Stone acknowledged discrepancies The Post found in Jackie’s accounts.
“We published the article with the firm belief that it was accurate,” Rolling Stone said. “Given all of these reports, however, we have come to the conclusion that we were mistaken in honouring Jackie’s request to not contact the alleged assaulters to get their account.”
Thirty-eight University of Virginia students reached out to Dean Nicole Eramo, head of UVA’s Sexual Misconduct Board, over alleged sexual assaults, according to Rolling Stone, and only nine of these incidents led to official complaints. Most of them “evaporated,” while only four resulted in Sexual Misconduct Board hearings.
UVA does not disclose the outcomes of the hearings, citing student privacy concerns.
Jackie told Rolling Stone she asked Eramo why the university did not disclose the outcomes and that Eramo answered: “Because nobody wants to send their daughter to the rape school.”
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