On Friday, the reputable Rolling Stone magazine came out with a statement saying that there were inconsistencies in its controversial gang rape story. In the statement that was posted on its website, the magazine 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,” and therefore has “lost faith” in the story. The retraction comes days after Sabrina Rubin Erdely came out defending her story.
The UVA rape story of the unidentified woman, “Jackie”
On November 19, the popular magazine came out with a nine thousand word story – called “A Rape on Campus,” – about the gang rape of a still unidentified student of UVA at Phi Kappa Psi party in the autumn of 2012. In the story, the rape victim recounts the incident with vividness along with accusations that sexual assaults in the university time and again go unreported. The accusation greatly embarrassed the university and following the publication of the story, a probe was started by the local police and school police. At the same time, all life activities at the fraternity became suspended because of the story.
Investigation to continue despite the inaccuracy of the article
While the fraternity came out with a statement saying that it did not have any knowledge of such acts being committed by any of the members or at the house and therefore doubts the truthfulness of the news story. General Mark Herring, Attorney for Virginia has called on the magazine to take necessary steps to right the mistakes in the story instead of simply releasing a retraction statement. The Virginia Attorney also added that the Charlottesville police along with an independent team were still continuing their separate investigation of the rape incident.