UVA Fraternity Planning to Sue Rolling Stone
University of Virginia fraternity Phi Kappa Psi plans to sue Rolling Stone for their highly controversial article, “A Rape on Campus.” The article recounts the story of a college student that was allegedly ganged rape by seven fraternity brothers in 2012.
Rolling Stone interviewed a woman known only as “Jackie” for the article. Rolling Stone failed to see any skepticism and relied on this one source to have the article published. They have been criticized for failing to engage in basic, routine practices of journalism.
There was no evidence that proved this case was real according to the police. Jackie never gave the names of her rapists, but all UVA fraternities were temporarily suspended as a result of the article’s publication.
Theresa Sullivan, president of University of Virginia, said Rolling Stone’s rape story was “irresponsible journalism [that] unjustly damaged the reputations of many innocent individuals and the University of Virginia.” She continued to state that “the university remains first and foremost concerned with the care and support of our students and especially, any survivor of sexual assault.”
Stephen Scipione, Phi Kappa Psi president, said in a statement, “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.”
According to a fraternity spokesperson, the specifics of the lawsuit are undetermined, but action will be taken.