Slander and libel can wreck careers and reputations. That’s what they are intended to do. I am of the opinion, in fact, that certain false claims run in cycles like a trending style of jeans or haircut. “Everybody’s saying it” is like “Everybody’s wearing it.” And accusing men of rape is en vogue right now, partially thanks to so-called feminists–those very angry non-feminine females who have every-cause chip on their shoulders.
Gloria Allred is on the bandwagon with the women accusing Bill Cosby. I’ve said before and I’ll say again that I don’t know for a certainty that Cosby didn’t rape those women. But, based on what I’ve read so far, I have serious doubts about it. There are a lot of reasons women claim rape.
What more effective way to damage a man’s reputation than to claim he sexually assaulted a child or woman? The mere suggestion is enough to make an entire generation or an entire nation take pause and reflect on the plausibility. Many err on the side of caution, sympathizing with the accuser . . . just in case.
I hate, with robust passion, deception at the hands of manipulative individuals intending to sink others and elevate themselves. That’s a special kind of evil. A psycopathy that goes undetected until there are multiple casualties.
And now, Rolling Stones is wearing egg on its face for the stance it took in an unverified account by a college co-ed who accused male students of gang raping her. Gang rape–that is a heavy duty rap to cast upon the waters. The magazine has apologized to its readers for misinforming them. How about an apology to the accused?
h/t: The Washington Post
A University of Virginia student’s harrowing description of a gang rape at a fraternity, detailed in a recent Rolling Stone article, began to unravel Friday as interviews revealed doubts about significant elements of the account. The fraternity issued a statement rebutting the story, and the magazine apologized for a lapse in judgment and backed away from the article.
Jackie, a U-Va. junior, said she was ambushed and raped by seven men at the Phi Kappa Psi house during a date party in 2012, allegations that tore through the campus and pushed the elite public school into the epicenter of a national discussion about how universities handle sex-assault claims. Shocking for its gruesome details, the account described Jackie enduring three hours of successive rapes, an ordeal that left her blood-spattered, scarred and emotionally devastated.
The U-Va. fraternity where the attack was alleged to have occurred has said it has been working with police and has concluded that the allegations are untrue. Among other things, the fraternity said there was no event at the house the night the attack was alleged to have happened.
A group of Jackie’s close friends, who are advocates at U-Va. for sex-assault awareness, said they believe that something traumatic happened to her, but they also have come to doubt her account. They said that details have changed over time and that they have not been able to verify key points in recent days. For example, an alleged attacker that Jackie identified to them for the first time this week — a junior in 2012 who worked with her as a university lifeguard — was actually the name of a student who belongs to a different fraternity, and no one by that name has been a member of Phi Kappa Psi.
Reached by phone, that man, a U-Va. graduate, said Friday that he worked at the Aquatic and Fitness Center and was familiar with Jackie’s name. But he added that he never met Jackie in person and never took her out on a date. He also said he was not a member of Phi Kappa Psi.
Jackie, who spoke to The Washington Post several times during the past week, stood by her account, offering a similar version and details.
“I never asked for this” attention, she said in an interview. “What bothers me is that so many people act like it didn’t happen. It’s my life. I have had to live with the fact that it happened, every day for the last two years.”
A lawyer who is representing Jackie said Friday that she and her client are declining to comment beyond her interviews. The Post generally does not identify victims of sexual assault without their permission, and The Post is identifying Jackie by her real nickname at her request.
The prominent fraternity — which has been vilified, vandalized and ultimately suspended on campus since Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s Rolling Stone article went online last month — said in its statement Friday that its “initial doubts as to the accuracy of the article have only been strengthened as alumni and undergraduate members have delved deeper.”