Rolling Stone Regrets Handling of UVA Rape Story

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In light of new information, Rolling Stone regrets not contacting the alleged rapists in its UVA gang-rape story, “A Rape on Campus.” In an online statement, managing editor Will Dana explained that the magazine agreed not to contact “Drew,” who allegedly orchestrated the attack, or any of the other members of Phi Kappa Psi the woman known as "Jackie" said participated, out of fear of retaliation. “In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie's account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced,” he wrote. “We were trying to be sensitive to the unfair shame and humiliation many women feel after a sexual assault and now regret the decision to not contact the alleged assaulters to get their account.” A lawyer for the fraternity released a statement claiming that Phi Kappa Psi did not host a party the night Jackie says she was attacked, and that no members of the fraternity match Jackie’s description of Drew as a campus lifeguard. Jackie told the Washington Post that the Rolling Stone account “was truthful but also acknowledged that some details in the article might not be accurate.” “I never asked for this,” she told the Post. “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.”