From Hot Air:
Even though it’s fallen almost entirely off the front page, what with all the other crises dominating the news, the tale of “Jackie” and the fictional gang rape at the University of Virginia is still grinding along. There was another interesting tidbit which came out in recent weeks when journalists investigating the story (along with the police) began to suspect one key figure in the original tale – “Haven Monahan,” who Jackie supposedly knew from her chemistry class – was most likely an entirely fictional character. How does “Haven” fit into the drama? She was probably part of an elaborate “catfishing” scheme cooked up by Jackie herself. More.
Reality check: We may never know, but it doesn’t really matter. Unlike the rapes perpetrated by advancing gangs of young migrants, the campus rapes don’t really need to have happened in order to play a role in the elaborate “narrative” that many post-moderns construct for their lives. A narrative of victimhood and entitlement.
The woman is a victim, but not of rape. Rather of the irrelevance of her life to anything real. And there is no doing anything about it at present, most likely—except to stay clear of her while she is looking for scapegoats. Especially if one is in a likely category of easy scapegoats.
See also: In an age of manufactured news, why not manufactured hate?