Rolling Stone magazine recently backed off from its version of an alleged rape that occurred at a University Of Virginia campus frat party. According to the story, the victim allegedly named Jackie was raped by seven male students.
According to the Rolling Stone version of the story, Jackie was raped by a man with whom she had a date. The man apparently took her back to his dorm, where there were at least six other males waiting for her. She was raped by all of them, and after the ordeal, left via a side door, still wearing her bloodstained dress. There are enough holes in the story to alert any San Jose criminal defense lawyer.
The ordeal was horrific enough to generate nationwide media attention, and generated enough scandal for the University Of Virginia to announce that it would be cracking down on frat parties, and the operation of fraternities on campus. Colleges across the country are under immense pressure to respond appropriately to charges of rape on their campus, and the University Of Virginia took several steps in that direction.
However, soon after Rolling Stone published an update to the story, claiming that it had found inaccuracies in Jackie's version of the incident. Some of Jackie's friends also had their own doubts about her version of the story.
This episode is also one more reason why San Jose criminal defense attorneys are very concerned about the increasing media spotlight on campus rapes across the country. While there is no doubt that such campus crimes do occur, there is a very real danger that the rights of the defendants are simply brushed aside, or trampled over in the
guise of obtaining justice for the victim.
When a young student is convicted of a sex crime, he is likely to have that that conviction on his record permanently, destroying any chance of a career, even with an Ivy League education.