Complete Piece Of Shit “Journalist” Releases Unconfirmed Name Of UVA Rape Victim “Jackie”

Sigh. Here is your daily reminder that human beings can be really, really horrible. Charles C. Johnson (above), a former writer for the conservative Daily Caller and founder of GotNews, published what he claims sources told him is the real name of “Jackie,” the woman featured in Rolling Stone’s controversial UVA rape article. On Friday, Rolling Stone kinda-sorta retracted the article citing “inconsistencies” in Jackie’s story. Johnson of course doesn’t care that while Jackie’s story allegedly contains inconsistencies (which should have been better reported and fact-checked by Rolling Stone), that does not mean she’s lying about being gang raped by a group of UVA fraternity members. (Rolling Stone edited their letter from the editor and removed the line about their trust in Jackie being “misplaced,” but failed to note the change.) Internet trolls are already ruthless in their treatment of women who have the courage to come forward with allegations of sexual assault; the very fact that Jackie’s story may be in question has made her an easy target for misogynists desperate to beat the drum that women frequently lie about being raped (they don’t). Like those repulsive menaces at 4chan, who are apparently planning on tracking down “Jackie” and releasing personal details about her life.

Here’s the deal: I believe Jackie. I believe Jackie because I don’t believe that women lie about rape frequently enough to even pay the possibility any mind. I believe Jackie could have been raped but that some of the details have gotten jumbled in her mind and I’m disappointed that Rolling Stone, in an effort to respect her wish for privacy, didn’t fully investigate her claims as well as they should. I believe that even if many of the details of Jackie’s story turn out to be false, Jackie is not lying about having experienced great trauma. By releasing her (alleged) real name, Johnson is feeding her to wolves hellbent on ruining her life. How does that improve this situation? It is extremely irresponsible and cruel to publish an alleged victim’s unverified identity, especially since the details of the case are still be investigated. Johnson should be ashamed of himself. [Mashable]