He brought her to a dark bedroom upstairs where allegedly, "a heavy person jumps on top of her. In May 2013, Jackie reported a sexual assault to dean and head of UVA's Sexual Misconduct Board, Nicole Eramo, who, according to a recap in New York Magazine, offered three options: "file a criminal complaint with the police, file a complaint with the school, or face her attackers with Eramo present to tell them how she feels." The university would not take further action unless Jackie disclosed the names of the individuals or the fraternity involved.In September 2013, Eramo connected Jackie with Emily Renda, a UVA staff member, recent graduate and leader in the college's sexual assault support group One Less.Two years later, in search of a college student to feature in a story about sexual assaults at an elite university, Erdely interviewed Renda who suggested Jackie for the story and made the introduction.
She said her initial reaction was surprise and "a certain air of disbelief" because during her 44-minute interview for the story, Erdely never brought up Jackie or asked about any of the allegations made in the article.
Sullivan said, "I was plainly not prepared for what the story looked like.
Nor do I think her characterization of my interview was fair." UVA's student newspaper, The Cavalier Daily, described mixed reactions from the student body, stating, "For some, the piece is an unfounded attack on our school; for others, it is a recognition of a harsh reality; and for what I suspect is a large majority of us, it falls somewhere in between." The Cavalier columnist rejected Erdely's portrayal of UVA's student body as sharing equal blame with the administration, but said that regardless of its veracity, the Rolling Stone article underscored preexisting and recurrent complaints about the school's inadequate handling of sexual assault and their "deference to Greek life," highlighting the fact that "the school has been unbelievably slow to investigate Phi Kappa Psi despite many allegations of sexual assault." Also within the first day following publication, Phi Kappa Psi's fraternity house at UVA was vandalized with spray-painted graffiti that read "suspend us," "UVA Center for Rape Studies," and "Stop raping people." In addition, several windows were broken with bottles and cinder blocks and police officials said the group received "disparaging messages" via social media.
A few hours after the incident, several news groups received an anonymous letter claiming responsibility for the vandalism and demanding that the university implement harsher consequences for sexual assault (mandatory expulsion), conduct a review all of all fraternities on campus, the resignation of Nicole Eramo, and the implementation of harm reduction policies at fraternity parties.
Community members offered suggestions for immediate steps administration could take to implement preventative measures and address safety concerns regarding sexual assault.
One student protestor told The Cavalier Daily, "I really hope the University takes this article and the protest movement as a sign that they need to be more transparent about the way they deal with sexual assault." The Interfraternity Council (IFC) at UVA released a statement on its website in response to the article that said, "an IFC officer was interviewed by Rolling Stone regarding the culture of sexual violence at the University.
Although the discussion was lengthy, the reporter elected not to include any of the information from the interview in her article." The entry began drawing national media attention in the days after paleoconservative pundit Steve Sailer made an entry on his own blog at the Unz Review on November 29 in which he discussed and linked to Bradley's piece.
After an interview Erdely gave to Slate, in which she appeared to offer evasive responses about the way in which she investigated the piece, some commentators escalated their questioning of the veracity of the article.
"A Rape on Campus" is a now-retracted Rolling Stone article by Sabrina Erdely originally published on November 19, 2014, which claimed to describe a group sexual assault at the University of Virginia (UVA).
It has since been discredited and was retracted by the publisher on April 5, 2015.
The article claimed that several members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at UVA had raped a woman, identified only as Jackie in the article, during a chapter house party as part of an initiation rite.