Journalism School Will Release Report on Rape Story Sunday – ABC News
A journalistic review of a discredited Rolling Stone magazine article on an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house will be released Sunday, Columbia Journalism School announced on its website Thursday.
The review by Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, which will examine the lengthy article and its editorial process, will be released on RollingStone.com and CJR.org at 8 p.m. Sunday.
A news conference on the report is scheduled for noon Monday.
The Nov. 19 Rolling Stone piece, titled “A Rape on Campus,” reported on a student identified only as “Jackie” who said she was gang raped at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house in Charlottesville in September 2012.
The scathing article also portrayed the highly regarded university as one where sexual violence was widespread and tolerated with indifference.
The piece roiled the campus as students protested outside the fraternity house and President Teresa Sullivan suspended all social activities at Greek organizations.
But media investigations into the story quickly raised questions about the gang rape accusation, and the magazine acknowledged mistakes were made.
By Dec. 5, Rolling Stone printed an apology, saying “there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account.”
Two weeks ago the Charlottesville Police Department released the results of a four-month investigation into Jackie’s gang rape story. It found no evidence of the attack.
Police Chief Timothy Longo said his department’s investigation was hampered by Jackie’s refusal to cooperate.