Police conclude that University of Virginia rape story was fabricated

Should we blame women who make false rape charges?
Should we blame women who make false rape charges?

This is the Associated Press story.

They write:

A four-month police investigation into an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia that Rolling Stone magazine described in graphic detail produced no evidence of the attack and was stymied by the accuser’s unwillingness to cooperate, authorities said Monday.

The article, titled “A rape on campus,” focused on a student identified only as “Jackie” who said she was raped at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity more than two years earlier.

It described a hidden culture of sexual violence fueled by binge drinking at the college. Police said they found no evidence of that either.

[…][Police chief] Longo said Jackie’s first mention of an alleged assault came without key details, during a meeting she had with a dean about an academic issue in May 2013. The dean brought in police, but the case was dropped because Jackie didn’t want them to investigate, Longo said.

In any case, the “sexual act” she described that year was “not consistent with what was described” in the Rolling Stone article.

Almost immediately, news organizations found discrepancies that prompted the magazine to print an apology.

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan asked police to investigate, and they called Jackie in for another interview. She showed up with a lawyer and again refused to talk.

[…]Investigators spoke to about 70 people, including friends of the accuser and fraternity members, and spent hundreds of hours on the investigation, Longo said. None provided any evidence supporting the claim of a gang rape at the Phi Kappa Psi house. They gathered ample evidence casting doubt on Jackie’s claims, he said.

[…]The fraternity called the article defamatory and said it was exploring its legal options.

Here’s the law:

§ 18.2-209. False publications.
Any person who knowingly and willfully states, delivers or transmits by any means whatever to any publisher, or employee of a publisher, of any newspaper, magazine, or other publication or to any owner, or employee of an owner, of any radio station, television station, news service or cable service, any false and untrue statement, knowing the same to be false or untrue, concerning any person or corporation, with intent that the same shall be published, broadcast or otherwise disseminated, shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor.

Code 1950, § 18.1-407; 1960, c. 358; 1975, cc. 14, 15; 1978, c. 359.

I blogged previously on the three UVA students who challenged the original Rolling Stone story.

5 thoughts on “Police conclude that University of Virginia rape story was fabricated”

  1. I hate when stuff like this happens,with women like this crying wolf, woemn who do get sexually assaulted wont be taken seriously. Also we do as a society need to teach not only women on keeping themselves safe but to teach men and young boy not to rape. I live in georgia and ever since i’ve been here i have heard a lot of cases where girls are ganged raped at house parties and 1 girl was at school for an after school activity and a boy drags her into the locker room and rapes her. I think the was also an incident i heard about where these guy rapes a girl films it and post it on the internet. Like this is some sick stuff. Just because you walk a girl to her door doesnt mean she owes you a kiss or sex, if you see a girl by herself walking to her car in a parking lot from work or running errands does not give you permission to attack her,i dont care if she has on a mini skirt it still doesnt give you permission to rape or sexually assault her.

    1 more thing i get that wearing revealing clothes do incite men but a girl or women doesnt have to be innrevealing clothes for someone to rape her. Little girls get raped,muslims women get raped and they are covered from head to toe. I dont wear revealimg clothes but it doesnt stop guys from honking their horns at me as if i was sone street walker or grabbing my hand and putting it inside their pocket so i could feel his organ or for example,i went to the club to celebrate turning 21. I was with my friends and i had one drink and that was it (im not a big fan of drinking) and i headed to the dance floor and some guy comes up behind me and actually had his hands beneath my dress ( i wore leggings) and i pushed him away. Men act as if they are entitled to women which they are not and for a majority of men they dont believe that things like this happen to women when it does on a daily basis.

    As women do you think it fun to be harassed like that? No its not

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  2. This is one part, out of several, for the apologetic against rape as an exception to abortion: women lie about being raped. A lot. And if, by the Grace of God, abortion is again made illegal, but rape is allowed as an exception, women will be crying “rape” 3000 times a day.

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    1. I think it should require a police report to be filed, and this would be a concession just to get the law passed. I don’t like it one bit. A child conceived in rape is just as human as any of us.

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  3. False reports to police are chargeable offenses, just ask the homosexuals who have found that out, but if someone is actually NAMED in the article, they could sue Rolling Stone for libel and defamation of character.

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  4. In the late 80s and early 90s, when I was an undergrad, men were divided into two groups. Rapists and potential rapist who haven’t been charged yet.

    I think I have seen other articles about this case, or one very similar, where after the deception was revealed there was still a call for the male to be punished as it didn’t really matter if it was true or not. All that mattered was a woman made an accusation and it needed to be respected.

    I think, as a matter of common sense, someone who goes to the police to knowingly make a false charge of a crime should expect to be charged once it is discovered. Gender or demographic should not be a consideration.

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