Ladies and gents, I’m saddened to say we have arrived at the same crossroads again – the rape allegation crossroads. I believe you are aware of the University of Virginia rape accusation circus – the accusations, the shoddy reporting, the fraternity’s fight back and lately, the suite-mate of the victim voicing her support for her friend.
The sad part about this fiasco is its impact on the public’s narrative concerning the veracity of claims from rape victims. In college, it is common knowledge that when a lady makes a claim of rape, she gets the side-eye and questions will be asked….what were you wearing?how much did you have to drink?did you know (any of) the assailants prior to the incident?did you have any altercations (with any of the assailants) before the incident?
Also of note is the horror-show of a reporting job that the Rolling Stone reporter did on this story. Which in the end has done more damage to the cause of rape victims. The reporter published this compelling story on a national platform without doing any sort of (basic) investigation. With the advent of the internet (and bloggers), all we care about is click-bait; sensationalized over-sexed garbage are churned out without due diligence. Apparently, the party never happened on day the victim said it did. Also, one of the major assailants who (she said) lured her into the room to be gang-raped by 7 boys never existed on record as a member of the frat. Right now, apologies and revised apologies are flying left, right and center.
So the question needs to be asked, how thoroughly should claims of rape (or sexual assault) be investigated? In most cases, we take the victim’s reluctance for public scrutiny as a yardstick for truth. We have seen how this school of thought can leave a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. The “victim” requested that the reporter should not contact the assailants/fraternity for their side of the story to prevent more hurt, and the reporter in a bid to publish the “mother-load” of all stories, fell for this. Well, so much for the reporter’s career which just went down the toilet.
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