You remember “Jackie,” surely, who was featured often in Ethics Alarms posts last year. She is the inexplicably still un-named lying fake rape victim who exploited the sloppy journalism and miserable ethics of man-hating Rolling Stone writer Sabrina Erdley, to create a sensational account of a fraternity gang rape on the University of Virginia campus…that never happened. The resulting article led the UVA president to shut down fraternities, set anti-male feminist pundits and activists into a frenzy of nation-wide victim-mongering, brought down the fires of Hell on the brow of UVA associate dean of students Nicole Eramo, who “Jackie” fingered as an unfeeling villain, and seriously— and, one hopes, permanently— wounded the credibility of Rolling Stone, which ultimately had to retract the whole thing.
No, the gang rape never happened. About that, there is no longer any doubt. No evidence of an assault was ever uncovered, besides “Jackie’s” lies. None of her “facts” could be confirmed, except by the progressive biases—mostly political, as the Obama Administration has been working overtime to represent campus romance as the equivalent of the Rape of the Sabine Women—that allowed the story to progress to publication in the first place.
Now Nicole Eramo is suing Rolling Stone for defamation, alleging that Erdley’s article vilified and harmed her recklessly. Naturally, her lawyers want to depose “Jackie,” since it was “Jackie’s” fiction, never verified by Rolling Stone, that created the false story.
Jackie’s lawyers, however, strongly argued on her behalf that she should not have to testify, since the experience would cause her serious psychological trauma by forcing her to relive the sexual assault—that never happened. She will be “re-victimized,” her lawyers say–remember, this is Jackie’s position; her poor lawyers are the ones she pays to present it without laughing.
This is indeed an unusual Jumbo (“Elephant? What elephant?”) and one of devilish complexity. For by saying she will be re-victimized, Jackie is essentially maintaining still that she was victimized once already, which is the lie that launched a thousand injustices. Unlike Jimmy Durante denying the existence of the elephant he is stealing in the movie “Jumbo,” the Jackie Jumbo Variation maintains that there is an elephant standing right by her even after all efforts to see one have failed. If she was really a victim of sexual assault as she claimed, there would be no lawsuit. She can’t be re-victimized, because she wasn’t a victim in the first place. She victimized others by falsely accusing a student, a dean, a fraternity, a fraternity system, and a university.
But answering questions about the sexual assault that never was will bring back the same trauma that the original non-rape created!
Virginia federal judge Glen E.Conrad on Tuesday rolled his eyes and ruled that Eramo’s lawyers r have up to five hours to depose “Jackie.”
It is about time, by the way, that the news media stopped shielding her from the public humiliation she deserves, publishes her name, and no longer treats her as if she were a real rape victim.
No wonder she’s confused.