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Rolling Stone U-Va Apology Acknowledges 'Discrepancies' in Rape Story

By    |   Friday, 05 Dec 2014 03:20 PM

Rolling Stone magazine apologized Friday for its story about a brutal gang rape that allegedly occurred at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia, telling readers that its trust in the article's source was "misplaced."

The article told the story of a woman named Jackie, who said she was gang raped by seven men in September 2012 at the fraternity house, and also detailed a campus culture of sexual abuse and administration mishandling. The story, which did not include any comments from the alleged suspects, ignited tensions nationwide.

But, under the spotlight, elements of Jackie's story began to fall apart, according to The Washington Post.  For example, Jackie told Rolling Stone journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely that one of her attackers worked on campus with her as a lifeguard at the Aquatic and Fitness Center, but there is no record of any Phi Kappa Psi member employed there during the year in question.

The fraternity later refuted more details of the story in a statement issued Friday, saying there was no record of a party at the Phi Psi house on the night Jackie claims she was attacked.

"Our initial doubts as to the accuracy of the article have only been strengthened as alumni and undergraduate members have delved deeper," the fraternity’s statement said.

Rolling Stone managing editor Will Dana said that, in an attempt to avoid subjecting Jackie to further feelings of shame and humiliation, the writer, editors, and fact-checkers agreed to Jackie’s request that they not contact any of the men she claimed attacked her.

"Her friends and rape activists on campus strongly supported Jackie's account. She had spoken of the assault in campus forums," Dana’s apology said. "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."

Dana said Rolling Stone editors "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."

Some have blasted Rolling Stone's apology, saying that it blames the victim instead of copping to their mistake as a publication.


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Rolling Stone magazine apologized Friday for its story about a brutal gang rape that allegedly occurred at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia, telling readers that its trust in the article's source was "misplaced."
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