Last November, Rolling Stone magazine published an article titled A Rape On Campus, which recounted the terrifying story of a University of Virginia student who was reportedly gang raped at a fraternity house on campus.
But soon after, details of the event surfaced suggesting that the assault didn’t take place the way the article described it. This caused people to question the validity of the article.
Now, it’s come out that the article was erroneous, and the Virginia Alpha chapter of Phi Kappa Psi is not happy about being called into question with magazine’s strong, false claims.
Chapter president Stephen Scipione announced that the fraternity would explore all legal action against the magazine’s false report and stark accusations against them. Scipione had this to say:
“After 130 days of living under a cloud of suspicion as a result of reckless reporting by Rolling Stone magazine, today the Virginia Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi announced plans to pursue all available legal action against the magazine. Clearly our fraternity and its members have been defamed, but more importantly we fear this entire episode may prompt some victims to remain in the shadows, fearful to confront their attackers.”
For what it’s worth, Rolling Stone has officially retracted the article after they hired a private team to investigate any lapse in their reporting. They have also apologized to “all those damaged by the story.”
While we understand that sometimes misinformation gets glossed over, claims of this magnitude can ruin the reputations of others, and is what Rolling Stone refers to as a “failure of journalism.”
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