The bogus story of a rape reported in the George Washington University student newspaper shows careless journalism, if The Post's report of it {front page, Dec. 11} is accurate.

It is important to verify a story of such a serious nature as the one reported in the GW Hatchet. But two incoming phone calls to the school paper were enough to persuade the editors that a rape had occurred, according to The Post's story. Were the D.C. Police Department or local hospitals called to verify that there was a victim and/or evidence? If so, the validity of this story may have become questionable before it was printed.

Since the Hatchet so hastily reported that a black man assaulted a white woman, heightened racial tensions seem unnecessary but likely. Even if the reported assailant were a white man, reporting this incident in such a sensational manner appears irresponsible. It is a shame that there are student newspaper people who feel hearsay is enough to qualify a story for the front page.


I certainly hope that Mariam Kashani has learned a lesson from her good intentions. For years women have reported rapes only to be told they were fabricating the story or that they were out-and-out liars. Miss Kashani has certainly set women back a few years with her rape fabrication.

It is incidents such as this that make it so very difficult for those who really have experienced rape to be heard and believed. Now women who actually have been raped may be even more hesitant to come forward for fear of not being believed or being accused of spinning a tale to get attention.

Which road is it that is paved with good intentions? TERRY ROZUM Takoma Park