Have you been following the UVA gang rape story? I planned to post about it earlier but never got around to it. If you haven’t been following it, there was a long (9000 word) article in Rolling Stone about a female who alleges she was gang raped at a UVA fraternity as part of a fraternity initiation ritual. The story has sparked outrage and repercussions on campus, but is it true.
More and more people are beginning to question the story.
See here for a general overview.
This seems to be the main article that raised doubts.
When I first read the story, it didn’t pass the smell test to me. There is a lot of amateur sleuthing going on in the comment sections of the articles, a lot of it focused on the allegedly broken glass table. I’m less focused on the minor details and more focused on the whole narrative. Taken together, it just does not seem credible to me. A girl is lured to the frat house by her date. Is taken to a room, and there is essentially turned over to several guys who proceed to gang rape her as part of a fraternity initiation ritual. She leaves the frat house and runs into three friends who essentially dissuade her from going to the police because it might hurt their social prospects. The administration on campus is less than helpful. The same administration that is now bending over backwards to respond to the Rolling Stone article. Two of the people involved, her date obviously and one of the rapists she recognized, were known to her. And now this woman who is never named is supposedly an anti-rape activist or something like that. It strains credulity to say the least. Maybe something happened to this woman and she embellished it. Maybe the whole thing is a lie. Both, IMO, are more likely than that the story is true as she told it.