While we don’t discount the notion of preventing sexual assault (who would?), a big issue should also be preventing so-called journalists from making up stories to promote their own narrative.
The college students described as friends of the alleged rape victim Jackie in an explosive Rolling Stone article revealed their identities to ABC News today, and said that some of the magazine’s story is false.
“The text was so divergent from what we said that evening,” said Alex Stock, who said he’s identified as “Andy” in the article.
The magazine article describes a violent, three-hour gang rape that left a University of Virginia student identified as Jackie bruised and bloody when she escaped a house on fraternity row, right near the university president’s office.
When her friends, identified by Rolling Stone as “Randall,” “Andy” and “Cindy,” arrived that night, the article says they urged Jackie to keep quiet to keep their social lives intact.
That is not the scene described by Jackie’s friends to ABC News. They said at the time they believed a “traumatic” sex assault had occurred. But the two males friends said they were told that night — Sept. 28, 2012 — that Jackie was forced to perform oral sex on five men while a sixth stood by.
The friends pointed out another inconsistency in the Rolling Stone article, saying that the three of them were not standing right next to each other when Jackie revealed what she said happened on the night of the attack, as author Sabrina Erdely writes in the magazine.
Erdely has dropped out of public view, not even trying to defend her story, which leads most to believe she pretty much grossly embellished this story, or used an unstable young lady as a pawn to promote her agenda.
Since the story was first released, the friends said they have been able to find key inaccuracies in the story.
“I didn’t know any Greek letters outside of what I’d learned in physics class,” Ryan said.
The article describes Jackie sinking into depression after the alleged rape, and holing up in her dorm room. Not so, say her friends, who told ABC News she seemed fine after the alleged assault.
Today, the trio said they’re still not sure what parts of Jackie’s story are true. But they said they want to tell their story in case it is, and to prevent any future sexual assaults on campus.
“The bigger issue should be on preventing sexual assault and being able to help survivors of sexual assault,” Ryan said.
Let’s not forget instigating a witchhunt based on false accusations. It’s as if the media never learned from the Duke lacrosse fiasco. Oh, and that bogus statistic that one in five women on college campuses are raped? Yeah, that’s also bogus.
A new report on sexual assault released today by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) officially puts to bed the bogus statistic that one in five women on college campuses are victims of sexual assault. In fact, non-students are 25 percent more likely to be victims of sexual assault than students, according to the data. And the real number of assault victims is several orders of magnitude lower than one-in-five.
The full study, which was published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, a division within DOJ, found that rather than one in five female college students becoming victims of sexual assault, the actual rate is 6.1 per 1,000 students, or 0.61 percent (instead of 1-in-5, the real number is 0.03-in-5). For non-students, the rate of sexual assault is 7.6 per 1,000 people.
Yes despite the numbers proven to be demonstrably false, it will be be repeated over and over.