The University of Virginia is suspending all fraternities and associated parties until January 9 following a Rolling Stone magazine article that described a student's account of being gang raped and her frustration at trying to bring her alleged attackers to accountability.Joeyjoejoe is skeptical:
"The wrongs described in Rolling Stone are appalling and have caused all of us to re-examine our responsibility to this community," school President Teresa A. Sullivan wrote in a statement to the university community. "Rape is an abhorrent crime that has no place in the world, let alone on the campuses and grounds of our nation's colleges and universities."
Without reading the blog, or the entire article, I question the veracity of the incident as well. It is not a he said-she said rape: it is not a rape involving alcohol: it is not a date rape. It is, allegedly, a rape in which the woman, sober, goes upstairs with her date, who then turns her over to 7 fraternity brothers who beat and rape her for three hours (and apparently push her through a glass table?). At the conclusion of the ordeal (at 11 pm that same night), the girl is on the street, bumps into three of her friends (two male and one female, I believe), who recommend she not report it - in particular, because the male friends want to pledge fraternities in the future!There are more skeptics on Reddit.
Shortly thereafter, the girl goes to the crisis center on campus, and the director there doesn’t recommend she go to the police, but rather outlines her options (report to police, file a complaint with the crisis center, don’t do anything, etc).
This all happened two years ago, and at one site I read, the alleged perpetrators are all graduated and no longer on campus.
There are so many obvious questions to ask about this incident. But one not so obvious question: if the incident is true, why isn’t the director of the crisis center immediately out of a job? Why is noone (the police, the university, even the fraternity system) treating this like the crime it is purported to be-in other words, why isn’t a police investigation being opened right now? In other words, why aren’t the people involved acting as if they believe it?
It is almost as if everyone involved knows its not true, and they are all trying to treat it as seriously as they have to without taking it seriously at all. And by everyone, I mean the local police, the fraternity system, the president of the University, the crisis center at the university. The response is so out of kilter to what the purported incident is (not merely by those who would conceivably want to ‘cover up’ the crime-even by those who would want to expose or solve the crime), there is obviously something else going on.
Comparisons are being made to the Duke lacrosse case. That was a huge national story, even tho it was wildly implausible and the accused had iron-clad alibis. Tests showed that the accuser had the semen of five different men in her, but none matched the DNA of the lacrosse team.
I would think that genuine victims of rape, domestic violence, and racist police abuse would lead the criticism of these phony stories, but they do not. The feminists and social justice warriors seem unconcerned with the facts.
The story from Barack Obama and his supporters was that a racist white cop in Ferguson Missouri confronted a black boy on the street for no reason, racially abused him in front of dozens of witnesses in the middle of the day, and then shot him in the back when he surrendered. Wildly implausible story, and contradicted by three autopsies and a lot of other evidence.
Obvious lesson: Blacks, feminists, Obama supporters, and SJWs have no credibility as they will complain the loudest about hoaxes that they are perpetrating.
Update: One famous black guy has wised up:
Why Charles Barkley supports the Ferguson grand jury decisionUpdate: Here is Richard Bradley skepticism about the UVa Rolling story, and response to the predictable Jezebel attack.
Former NBA star Charles Barkley called Ferguson looters 'scumbags' and said that 'key forensic evidence, and several black witnesses that supported Officer Darren Wilson’s story.'
Former NBA star Charles Barkley recently called Ferguson looters "scumbags," praised police officers who work in black neighborhoods, and said he supports the decision made by the grand jury not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown shooting.
During an interview on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia on Tuesday, the day after the Ferguson decision was announced, host Mike Missanelli asked Barkley about it and why "black America" doesn't trust the ruling.
His response surprised some listeners.
"The true story came out from the grand jury testimony," Barkley said, adding that he was made aware of "key forensic evidence, and several black witnesses that supported Officer Darren Wilson’s story..." He continued, "I can’t believe anything I hear on television anymore. And, that’s why I don’t like talking about race issues with the media anymore, because they (the media) love this stuff, and lead people to jump to conclusions. The media shouldn’t do that. They never do that when black people kill each other. "
He also called those who rioted after the decision was announced "scumbags," and said "There is no excuse for people to be out there burning down people's businesses, burning down police cars."
And in a marked departure from other prominent black leaders who have questioned tactics used by officers and, in some cases, accused officers of racial profiling and outright racism, Barkley supported police officers, especially those who work in black neighborhoods.