In fact, the story turned out to be more fantasy than fact. A University of Virginia Associate Dean filed a lawsuit in response to the story and today the stories writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely, as well as Rolling Stone Magazine itself, were found guilty of defamation - with actual malice.
Sexual assault is a serious issue and a serious problem in our culture. Stories like "A Rape on Campus" and the Duke lacrosse case do nothing more than keep victims of these crimes in the shadows. Sabrina Rubin Erdely and "Rolling Stone" are going to have to pay for what they did. Jessica T. won't face any sort of discipline for perpetuating the fantasy in our community. In fact, she never even offered an apology.