By now, everyone knows about Jackie. Everyone has read and commented on Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s story about Jackie’s supposed gang rape at the hands of seven UVA fraternity brothers. By now we all know that the story was mostly fabricated.
Victor Davis Hanson reminds us that Jackie’s story has completely eclipsed what happened to another UVA student, Hannah Graham:
At the University of Virginia, the administration seemed to react far more to the made-up story in Rolling Stone about fraternities as hotbeds of violent rape than to the actual murder of UV coed Hannah Graham (and others as well?). The suspect Jesse Matthew may be linked to as many as 10 rapes, murders and disappearances. The latter story should have been of far more interest to feminists since it suggested that a serial violent misogynist and rapist had been on the loose in the campus vicinity for years. There should have been more protests demanding beefed-up campus security and awareness programs in the local community. But then again Matthew did not fit the easy-targeted stereotype of a pampered frat boy using women as a sort of birthright. It is not good publicity for universities to publish the crime statistics of the communities that surround them; as recompense, it is smarter to assure students and parents that they are watchdogs of fraternities that they can sanction, since they are not watchdogs of more violent convicted felons in their vicinities that they apparently cannot.
Too many people have been happy to repress a real rape/murder from consciousness.