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UVA rape allegations merit investigation

Yes, I read the story regarding an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity in Rolling Stone and was sickened ("Rolling Stone: Rape suspects weren't contacted," Dec. 3). Can this be happening at universities and colleges today? I've heard of similar sexual assaults and am horrified. Something is dreadfully wrong.

However, admission that those accused were never interviewed nor contacted makes Rolling Stone appear biased and unfair. Sabrina Rubin Erdely who wrote the report "indicated that she was unable to locate the (accused) fraternity brothers … to get their side of the story." And that makes me wonder about the whole incident.

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Sean Woods, a Rolling Stone editor, failed to fact-check and admitted "we did not talk to them (the accused), we could not reach them." Something dreadful may have happened that night — or perhaps it did not. All we are told is that Rolling Stone verified the "existence" of the alleged rapists and are satisfied "these guys exist and are real." So much for objective journalism!

If the complaints by UVA student "Jackie" are valid, then criminal indictments should be sought and the guys tried in a legitimate court of law. Such a vicious crime must not be swept under the rug by hiring another "trauma counselor" or by beefing up campus security. These are serious charges that need to be handled properly!

Roz Ellis, Baltimore

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