Originally posted on October 27, 2013
Washington Monthly published an investigative piece by Stephanie Mencimer detailing the story of Jamie Leigh Jones. Jones made headlines in 2007 when she appeared 20/20 and recounted being gang-raped while working as a contractor in Iraq:
As she described the fateful evening, Jones’s tone matched her somber, conservative dark dress. “I probably didn’t even drink the entire thing,” she told ABC’s Brian Ross. “Just a few sips. And I don’t remember anything after that.” She said she woke up groggy, confused, naked, and sore. “I felt like I’d been hit by a truck,” Jones said. She stumbled to the bathroom, where she said she realized she was bruised and bleeding between her legs. “Then I knew I had been raped,” Jones said, her voice shaking. A doctor at an Army hospital, she said, examined her, administered a rape kit, and declared that she’d been gang-raped. “She confirmed that I was raped both vaginally and anally,” Jones told Ross.
That began a media blitz in which Jones discussed her experiences on numerous networks. Her efforts garnered the support of Senators Hilary Clinton, Ben Nelson, and Al Franken, the latter of whom pushed for and passed legislation protecting female contractors.
That seems a positive outcome to a horrific story, except the evidence suggests that Jones was not raped at all. As Mencimer reports: Continue reading