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East Texas sexual assault advocate reacts to Rolling Stone rape article

Source: KTRE staff Source: KTRE staff
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

It may be too late to remove any damage done by a false Rolling Stone rape article.

In November of 2014, Rolling Stone published an article where a University of Virginia student claimed to be gang-raped by members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity members. On Monday, Rolling Stone officially retracted the article after police and media outlets found issues with the story.

A review by the School of Journalism at Columbia University stated the story was wrongly researched and key steps in investigating was missed.

Susan Robertson with the Family Crisis Center of East Texas said articles like the Rolling Stone one are harmful to future victims of campus rapes speaking out.

"It's like the boy that cried wolf," Robertson said. "They fear the fact that someone is not going to believe them, or they fear the fact that they are going to be accused of being the person that lead the attack on."

The Family Crisis Center of East Texas operates a part-time office on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University to help keep the confidentiality of students reporting rapes.

"They come in and say, 'It's my fault,'" Robertson said. "You hear a lot of, 'I don't want people to think I was dressed the wrong way' or 'I was at the wrong place at the wrong time.'"

Robertson said the article has a chance of making myths a reality for the victims.

"A lot of those myths turn it around on the victim," Robertson said. "It's victim blaming, instead of placing the blame on where it belongs and that is the perpetrator. There's good people and there is bad people in the world, and it is the bad people who sometimes make up those false accusations that hurt the truth and innocent."

Robertson hopes victims will not view the Virginia case as the outcome of their own.

According to a report from the Associated Press, Rolling Stone Managing Editor Will Dana and author Sabrina Rubin apologized Monday. The magazine also said no one will be fired over the incident.

The fraternity that was accused of the rape is also seeking legal action against the magazine.

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