Rolling Stone to Publish Review of Botched Rape Story

Police will announce findings of an investigation into alleged November gang rape of a female UVA student on Monday afternoon

Last Updated: March 23, 2015 @ 8:59 AM

Rolling Stone will publish a review of its erroneous “A Rape on Campus” story in the next couple of weeks, managing editor Will Dana said Sunday.

Steve Coll, dean of Columbia Journalism School, has led the review and will author the story for Rolling Stone.

“Steve Coll has not filed yet, but I expect the report soon and the plan is to publish in the next couple of weeks,” Dana said.

In November, Rolling Stone published a story centered around a University of Virginia student labeled “Jackie,” who accused 7 men of gang raping her at a Phi Kappa Psi party.

The story quickly unraveled, as it became apparent the author never independently contacted the man Jackie accused of orchestrating her gang rape or other men involved.

It was then reported that Jackie has grown unsure if the man who allegedly raped her was a member of the fraternity; Phi Kappa Psi issued a statement saying there was no “date function or formal event” on the night Jackie alleges she was raped.

“We published the article with the firm belief that it was accurate,” Rolling Stone wrote in an editor’s note as a media backlash ensued. “Given all of these reports, however, we have come to the conclusion that we were mistaken in honoring Jackie’s request to not contact the alleged assaulters to get their account.”

At the same time Rolling Stone announced its plans to publish its findings, Charlottesville police are set to announce their findings from an investigation into the alleged rape of “Jackie” Monday afternoon.

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