Since Rolling Stone's disputed story on rape culture at the University of Virginia began to unravel, conservative writer Charles C. Johnson has made it his mission to doxx "Jackie," the reported victim of a brutal gang rape at a campus fraternity house.
Last week, Johnson was widely condemned for publishing an unconfirmed photo and full name of Jackie on his website, GotNews.com. He also published a screenshot of Jackie's purported Pintrest account, followed by a post that pulled an image from that account and identified the woman in the picture as Jackie.
The website Little Green Footballs quickly pointed out that the woman depicted in the photo, which was taken at the first annual SlutWalk DC event in 2011, was a different person than the woman Johnson had identified as Jackie. The image had been featured on SlutWalk DC's official Facebook page, Little Green Footballs noted, and the woman pictured had commented on the post to thank the event's organizers and participants. (The photo has since been removed or made private.)
But that wasn't the only place the photo had appeared.
In fact, the photo has been something of a viral phenomenon among sexual assault activists. It has been widely circulated on a variety of social media platforms for more than three years, and it is easily found on numerous websites.
So how did Johnson get the story so wrong?
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