When Rolling Stone's Nov. 19 story about the University of Virginia's rape epidemic, "A Rape on Campus" was revealed to be full of holes, many anticipated an unintended casualty: some people's ability to believe rape survivors. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Colby Bruno, managing attorney at the Victim Rights Law Center in Boston said that the story's controversy would likely stoke "stereotypes that some people in our society are dying to hold onto,"--that is, that rape survivors are actually lying.
While Ann Coulter is not the first to jump on this bandwagon, and she certainly will not be the last, she does speak about the issue with a special degree of callousness usually reserved for action movie villains. Last week, the conservative radio personality appeared on The Lars Larson Show to discuss campus rape. Right on cue, she said that the Rolling Stone article was proof that "there is no campus rape problem." She also said that rape isn't really rape unless the victim has been "hit on the head with a brick."
"People know what rape is," she said, "and to have girls trying to get attention, from Lena Dunham to this poor psychotic at UVA, Lady Gaga claiming she was raped but she didn't admit it to herself for five years. What major crime do people say, 'I didn't admit it to myself?'"
Just by the way, she also says in the interview that she doesn't know anyone who has been raped (because why the hell would they tell Ann Coulter). So that's something to keep in mind.