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  • Rolling Stone rebuked in independent review of campus rape story

    Rolling Stone magazine failed to follow basic journalistic safeguards in publishing a story about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house, according to an outside review of the matter released on Sunday.

    The discredited story was intended to call attention to the issue of sexual violence on college campuses, but instead “the magazine's failure may have spread the idea that many women invent rape allegations,” a team from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism concluded in its critique.

    It noted that social scientists say false allegations are estimated to account for 2 to 8 percent of all rape reports.


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    Spring break video shows alleged sex assault

    Two college students from Alabama's Troy University have been suspended after authorities discovered a cellphone video that allegedly shows them sexually assaulting a woman at a beach while a large crowd of spring-break revelers watches.

    Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen described the video as "very, very graphic" and called it the "most disgusting, sickening thing" he had ever seen. He said the footage shows several men surrounding an incapacitated woman on a beach chair.

    The victim told authorities that she thought she had been drugged at the time, and she did not remember the incident well enough to report it.