WOMEN
12/09/2014 09:11 am ET Updated Dec 09, 2014

There Are Too Many Jackies

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The co-founder of End Rape on Campus on why the Rolling Stone retraction affects all survivors of sexual assault.

Eggs with cheddar cheese. Pepper and garlic salt. I was eating lightly scrambled eggs when the news of the Rolling Stone “retraction” of a highly publicized gang rape hit all of our Facebooks and Twitters on Friday. On the West Coast it was about 10 a.m. (It was a very late breakfast day.) If only there would have been bacon. Maple bacon. Maybe maple bacon would have been enough to wish the day away.

I was called and emailed by various media sources within a matter of minutes of the news hitting the internet. As a public survivor of rape, media outlets wanted quotes. Some wanted sit down TV interviews about why false rape allegations happen (they don’t any more than false reports of other crimes, according to the FBI and other sources). Some wanted to know “why survivors lie” (we don’t; rape reporting isn’t a leisurely, pleasant pastime). And they wanted these interviews immediately.

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