Stop Blaming Victims
Rebecca Traister writes in The New Republic, "It's a massive leap in logic to move from a reasonable journalistic critique of Erdely's reporting and disclosure practices to writing...'I'm not convinced that this gang rape actually happened.' It is symptomatic of exactly the patterns of incredulity and easy dismissal of rape accusations that keep many assaulted women and men from ever bringing their stories to authorities or to the public."
PTSD Can't Be Ignored
Over at Yahoo, Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy wonders if PTSD affected Jackie's memory of the assault, the details of which are being called into question. Psychology professor Art Markman told the reporter, "A natural response to a traumatic event is to disengage in ways that can make it hard to remember what you saw, heard, and felt." Uffalussy also talked to RAINN's Jennifer Marsh about the effect of PTSD on memory.
Mother Jones posted chilling stats about rape on college campuses under the headline, Don't Let the Rolling Stone Controversy Distract You From the Campus Rape Epidemic. That speaks for itself.
A System Designed To Fail
Meanwhile, assault survivors have spoken up about their own experiences when it comes to reporting incidents on school campuses and/or the police. Over at BuzzFeed, Jes Skolnik wrote about her college's reaction to her rape, as well as reporting a different assault to her local police as a preteen. "I did everything you were supposed to do, twice, and the system failed me in two separate spheres — private (collegiate) and public (criminal/political). It took a while for me to understand that it hadn’t failed because of me, but because it was set up to fail people like me."
The Pressure To Present Correctly
Activist Jade Reindl also spoke up about her experience. "It doesn’t matter why Jackie, the subject of Rolling Stone's article about UVA and sexual assault, later retracted her statements. And the aim of this article is not to justify or analyze her hesitation. What I’m saying is this: By publishing an article that the victim retracted her support of, Rolling Stone essentially violated Jackie, and every other survivor, all over again."
No One Believed It 30 Years Ago
In Time, Liz Seccuro wrote about being interviewed by Erdely for the Rolling Stone article about being gang raped at the very same UVA frat house in 1984, and her own fears about the repercussions of reporting her assault. "When I went to the dean of students at that time, Robert Canevari, I was covered in bruises, still bloodied, and had broken bones. He sat at his big desk across from me and suggested I was a liar and had mental problems for reporting my rape."