More details have emerged about the life of Jackie Coakley, the young woman who had a fake story published in Rolling Stone about a rape that she claimed happened to her at the University of Virginia. Rolling Stone received a lot of heat for publicizing the rape story without convincing evidence that Coakley was, in fact, raped. Now, some new information suggests that Jackie Coakley has embellished sexual assault stories about herself in the past.
According to Got News, Jackie Coakley has misled several students at her high school and college about her sexual history, suggesting she may have completely fabricated rape stories and sexual abuse within her past relationships with men. Despite severe consequences for falsely reporting rape (which is a crime in Coakley’s home state of Virginia) it seems that Jackie Coakley has been falsifying accounts of sexual abuse for years now. While it might be too soon to confirm if any of Coakley’s rape allegations are warranted, it is clear that something is suspicious with this 20-year-old girl and her fascination with rape.
Jackie’s personal Pinterest account is loaded with images and quotes pertaining to rape. While all of them contain positive feminist messages speaking out against rape, many have been led to believe that Coakley’s obsession with a resistance to rape has driven her to make false claims. Some of the images Jackie Coakley shared on her Pinterest account can be seen below, including info-graphics on what “rape culture” means.
These are only a sampling of Coakley’s rape-related posts. The vast majority of her Pinterest account addresses sexual violence in one way or another.
As for Rolling Stone‘s article about Jackie Coakley’s alleged rape, the magazine released a statement about the incident, essentially apologizing for publishing Coakley’s story without confirming the details of her account:
“We published the article with the firm belief that it was accurate. Given all of these reports, however, we have come to the conclusion that we were mistaken in honoring Jackie’s request to not contact the alleged assaulters to get their account. In trying to be sensitive to the unfair shame and humiliation many women feel after a sexual assault, we made a judgment – the kind of judgment reporters and editors make every day.”
What do you think about Jackie Coakley? Do you think her rape accusations are phony, or is this another example of “rape culture” protecting the alleged rapists by disbelieving the victim?