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December 2, 2014

Sen. Vogel joining the call for hearings on U.Va. rapes

Rolling Stone/John Ritter
Photo illustration by John Ritter that accompanied Nov. 19 story by Sabrina Rubin Erdely: “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA,”
Parents, students, lawmakers and citizens are justifiably horrified by the allegations of gang rape at the University of Virginia, as reported by Rolling Stone.
— State Sen. Jill Vogel
State Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-27th/Upperville) supports a legislative hearing to examine the sexual assault reporting practices of Virginia’s colleges and universities

In the wake of a damning, 9,000-word Rolling Stone story about gang rapes, fraternities and official response at the University of Virginia, Del. David J. Toscano (D-Charlottesville) called for a legislative investigation.

Sen. Vogel on Tuesday said she supports the proposal from House Minority Leader Toscano, whose district includes U.Va.

“The need for an evaluation of the practices of Virginia’s colleges and universities relating to reporting sexual assaults has become self-evident,” she said. “Parents, students, lawmakers and citizens are justifiably horrified by the allegations of gang rape at the University of Virginia, as reported by Rolling Stone.

“It is critical to higher education in Virginia that the public have confidence in the integrity of our system when it comes to dealing with sexual assaults and campus violence.”

Sen. Holtzman added: “The students attending Virginia’s colleges have a right to attain a quality education, confident of a safe environment, where sexual violence and assault is never tolerated. Students and their families have that expectation, and these reports have destroyed that confidence. It is our duty to examine the policies that have contributed to diminishing that trust and to act in a manner that restores it.”

Del. Toscano called for a hearing soon after the General Assembly convenes Jan. 14 in Richmond.

The 27th District includes Fauquier, Clarke and Frederick Counties, Winchester and portions of Culpeper, Loudoun and Stafford counties.
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Jim Griffin · December 8, 2014 at 1:42 pm
Allow me to add: Justifiably horrified? Self-evident?

If she truly knew her constituents, she would've colored us skeptical of the claims, and justifiably so. These allegations proved wildly at odds with the truth and what the people of this area know of UVA students.
Jim Griffin · December 4, 2014 at 7:53 am
Jill Holtzman-Vogel is the last person women need on their side. Wasn't her "wanding" mandatory ultrasound bill sufficient government intrusion into the lives of Virginia women? Be scared when your state representative arrives to be "helpful," doubly so when it is Ms. Holtzman-Vogel.

Agreed with lhfry, the comment prior to this one, in all respects. Failing to so much as contact the accused parties for their side is obfuscating, not reporting, and both authorities and the journalist know the names of at least two of them (if the RS article is to be believed).
lhfry · December 3, 2014 at 5:08 pm
Rape is a crime and should be reported to and investigated by law enforcement, not by university administrators. The case described in the RS article will never be resolved because evidence was not gathered at the time the crime occurred. Moreover, there are many questions about the accuracy of the article and the veracity of the journalist and the supposed victim. The author of the article admitted that she was looking for just such a story and she repeated the much debunked myth that 1 out of 5 college women suffer sexual assault. Before anyone makes a fool of herself over this it is important to remember the Tawana Brawley rape hoax and the Duke Lacrosse players case.
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