Emails: How UVA Stonewalled Rolling Stone On Rape Story

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request from Jezebel and at least one other news outlet, the University of Virginia has released a series of emails between the school and Rolling Stone. The emails outline how the school dealt with media requests from reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely, who wrote the magazine's… » 12/19/14 6:35pm Friday 6:35pm

After UVA, Prominent Women Share Their Sexual Assault Stories 

The unbelievable shitstorm surrounding the Rolling Stone story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia isn't showing the slightest signs of dying down. The numerous and serious questions about how the story was handled have all pretty much been outlined; now, God help us, it's time for adorable trolls… » 12/19/14 11:10am Friday 11:10am

Feds: Privacy Laws Protect Records of Student Athlete Accused of Rape

For months, reporter Jon Krakauer has been fighting with the University of Montana and the state's Commissioner of Higher Education, arguing that he should be able to get access to the school disciplinary records of Jordan Johnson, the Montana Grizzlies quarterback who was accused of rape in 2012 and acquitted in… » 12/16/14 5:00pm Tuesday 5:00pm

Columbia Rape Protesters Pay Fine With Giant Check Written On Mattress

Student anti-rape activists at Columbia University issued an extra-long Fuck You to the school's administration today by dumping a mock-check written on a mattress in the University President's office. The delivery featured the same kind of mattress the students were fined for damaging when they used them to protest… » 12/15/14 4:20pm 12/15/14 4:20pm

Woman Falsely ID'd as UVA's Jackie by Conservative Blogger Is Suing

Over the past few weeks, venomous conservative blogger and rumored floor-shitter Charles. C. Johnson has dedicated himself almost single-mindedly to exposing the woman he believes is Jackie, the University of Virginia student at the center of Rolling Stone's crumbling and much-criticized story about rape at UVA.… » 12/15/14 12:30pm 12/15/14 12:30pm

Rape Is Part of My Truth, and the Truth of Many Other Women

When Rolling Stone issued its retraction, my greatest fear was that we would once again have a curtain of silence, where young women feel too afraid to share their truth. And while I have no interest in reliving the experience or pinning culpability on anyone, that curtain of silence is why I am sharing my story today… » 12/15/14 9:05am 12/15/14 9:05am

Here's Princeton Mom Calling College Rape a 'Learning Experience'

Susan Patton, a.k.a. Princeton Mom, is still out here with her nuanced take on gender and relationship issues. As you may recall, previous greatest hits included: date rape isn't real, sex work is gross, and, of course, spinsterhood is the single most terrifying fate that can possibly befall a woman. CNN did a… » 12/12/14 11:50am 12/12/14 11:50am

Alleged UVA Rape Vic's Friends: Rolling Stone Didn't Even Talk To Us

Over the past couple weeks, the Washington Post has done a thorough job blowing battleship-sized holes in the searing Rolling Stone story about Jackie, the woman who says she was gang-raped at the University of Virginia two years ago and now finds herself at the center of one of the gnarliest journalistic shitstorms » 12/11/14 10:10am 12/11/14 10:10am

Students Really Don't Want George Will as Their Commencement Speaker

George Will, the fossilized Washington Post columnist who only gets attention when he writes something moronic about rape, has been chosen as Michigan State University's commencement speaker. Not happy: Michigan State University students, who are calling on MSU to rescind his invitation and, if they don't, plan to… » 12/10/14 2:50pm 12/10/14 2:50pm

Gillibrand: UVA Story Shouldn't Stop Campus Sexual Assault Bill 

Since June, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill have been trying to pass the Campus Accountability & Safety Act, which takes a carrot/stick approach to how colleges deal with sexual assault. On the carrot side, it would increase federal funding for on-campus support services for rape survivors;… » 12/09/14 3:10pm 12/09/14 3:10pm

A Terrible Episode With Worse Timing: The Newsroom Tackles Campus Rape

The last three seasons of The Newsroom have been both fascinating and infuriating: a depiction of nuts-and-bolts newsjournalism so fantastical that it couches its sanctimonious shaming in righteous idealism. It is show creator Aaron Sorkin's Herman's Head-style universe, where ethics are shouted down unto the people… » 12/08/14 12:50pm 12/08/14 12:50pm

The UVA Mess Is Now a Full-Fledged Shitstorm

On Friday, Rolling Stone announced in a note signed by managing editor Will Dana that in light of new information, they had concluded there were serious "discrepancies" in the account of Jackie, the University of Virginia student who told journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely that she was gang-raped during a 2012 party at… » 12/08/14 11:10am 12/08/14 11:10am

Rolling Stone Partially Retracts UVA Story Over 'Discrepancies'

Rolling Stone's managing editor Will Dana has issued a statement announcing that they have found "discrepancies" in the account of Jackie, the UVA student who was allegedly gang-raped at a frat party two years ago. Dana adds: "We have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced." At the same time, the … » 12/05/14 1:50pm 12/05/14 1:50pm

'Is the UVA Rape Story a Gigantic Hoax?' Asks Idiot

Ever since journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely published her searing Rolling Stone story about "Jackie," a woman who was allegedly the victim of a gang rape at a frat party at the University of Virginia, there's been an ongoing and much-needed public conversation about the way rape and sexual assault claims are dealt with… » 12/01/14 4:00pm 12/01/14 4:00pm

College Pres: Rape Happens Because You're Drinking and Casual Sexing

We have a late-breaking but very worthy contender in the crowded field of Colleges Who Handle Rape in Really Stupid Ways. There's lots of competition these days, what with the recent scandal at University of Virginia and the dozens of schools being investigated by the federal government for allegedly mishandling… » 11/25/14 9:30am 11/25/14 9:30am

UVA Dean Admits School Doesn't Expel People Who Have Admitted to Rape

Since Rolling Stone's incredibly damning story about a gang rape at University of Virginia came out last week, the school has spent a lot of time explaining its response to sexual assault. The school has released a total of 11 statements between November 19 and November 22, every one of them pledging to investigate… » 11/24/14 12:10pm 11/24/14 12:10pm

Virginia Governor Calls for Investigation Into UVA Gang Rape Frat

Two days ago, Rolling Stone published a bombshell article about an alleged gang rape at UVA's Phi Kappa Psi fraternity in 2012, and the labyrinthine headache that greeted the woman who tried to seek justice. Now, the Governor of Virginia is calling on the University to thoroughly investigate the fraternity. » 11/21/14 12:10pm 11/21/14 12:10pm