Rather than answer questions about its UVA rape story, Rolling Stone has begun issuing a blanket statement from its PR person. (I think it was first published by Erik Wemple in this excellent Washington Post column, “Rolling Stone Whiffs on Reported Rape.”)
The Rolling Stone statement is this:
The story we published was one woman’s account of a sexual assault at a UVA fraternity in October 2012* – and the subsequent ordeal she experienced at the hands of University administrators in her attempts to work her way through the trauma of that evening. The indifference with which her complaint was met was, we discovered, sadly consistent with the experience of many other UVA women who have tried to report such assaults. Through our extensive reporting and fact–checking, we found Jackie to be entirely credible and courageous and we are proud to have given her disturbing story the attention it deserves.