If it turns out this woman was not raped, and the whole thing made up, I hope she serves time in jail. These high profile, false stories of rape, need to stop.
The Rolling Stone article about an alleged gang-rape at a University of Virginia fraternity is unraveling even more as three friends who supported the victim, identified as ‘Jackie’, have refuted key points of the account she detailed to the magazine.
Friends Randall, Cindy and Andy (all pseudonyms) told the Washington Post that while they were featured prominently in Jackie’s account of the night, they were never contacted by reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely to give their side of the story, despite the article saying Randall turned down an interview ‘citing loyalty to his own frat’.
They said they believe something traumatic happened to Jackie the night they found her distraught, but are suspicious of the story she told Rolling Stone since it contradicts both what they saw and what she initially told them happened inside the Phi Kappa Psi house the night of September 28, 2012.
In the explosive article, which prompted the university to shut down all Greek life until January, Jackie describes how in her first semester, she was lured to the frat by a brother named ‘Drew’ who she met working as a lifeguard at the university pool.
She says the junior asked her out for dinner and a date function at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, and she accepted.
Back at the house, Drew invited her to an upstairs bedroom, where things took a gruesome turn as she was thrown onto a glass table which shattered and then raped by seven men one after the other in what appeared to be an initiation ritual.
When she later came to early Saturday morning, Jackie described fleeing the house barefoot and calling her new friends Randall, Cindy and Andy to come find her.
Perhaps the most heartbreaking part of the article is how Jackie describes the trio’s reaction to seeing her bleeding and in shock.
Shaken by the events, she waits as the three discuss whether to report the rape to police, speaking about how it would impact their social lives, the boys’ plans to pledge a fraternity and Jackie’s college reputation.
But in separate interviews with the Washington Post, all three refute this cold description of their behavior.