Furor over Rolling Stone rape article may leave mixed legacy

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Posted: Apr 06, 2015 5:33 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The furor over a retracted Rolling Stone article may deter some rape victims from coming forward, but the national campaign to curb sexual assaults on college campuses will keep gaining strength, according to advocates who have been following the high-profile case.

The November 2014 article, purporting to describe a vicious gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house, was retracted by Rolling Stone on Sunday after the Columbia Journalism School issued a scathing critique of how the story was reported and edited. The critical report followed an announcement by police officials last month that investigators had found no evidence to back the claims of the alleged victim.

One activist said there could be a positive legacy to the case if journalists improve the overall coverage of sexual assault.