Several mainstream media outlets and the Department of Education appear to have fallen for another fake rape, GotNews.com has learned.
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Yenli Wong graduated from Pomona College this spring but weeks before graduation she submitted a complaint with the Department of Education that she had been sexually assaulted and that Pomona had mistreated her.
Except there was no sexual assault and two of four complaints that she submitted were found to be lacking utterly in merit.
The complaint stems, in part, from a highly publicized article Wong wrote for the Huffington Post where she claimed to be a sexual assault victim.
The hoax also ensnared discredited feminist blogger Amanda Marcotte who continued to say that that there had been a rape at University of Virginia when there wasn’t one.
The Los Angeles Times’s Teresa Watanabe also fell for the hoax.
The first instance was in Fall Semester 2011 but Wong brought it up three years later as she was about to graduate.
Wong came to the male student’s room, the two made out, and then she left. Wong claims that he engaged in non-sexual touching when she tried to leave.
Wong joked afterwards in text messages how she wanted to hook up with the male student.
The second instance allegedly took place on March 3, 2013.
Wong and the male student were on the quad and he apparently touched her without her consent.
Wong claims that the male student groped her over her clothes in public. There are cameras everywhere and there’s no evidence that a sexual assault took place.
Wong’s boyfriend backed up her story after he learned what the story was.
Wong’s writings reveal a highly sexualized student. In an application for a school position she wrote, “my parents always encouraged me to use my sexuality to further my goals.”
She proposed events like “Porn: We Need To Talk About It, Religion and Porn,” a lecture by a male feminist, Hugo Schweitzer, talks by adult film stars.
She wanted to “find her voice as a ‘survivor’ of sexual assault” and attended a screening of the controversial film, The Hunting Ground. Much of Wong’s work seems to be performance art based. (She left a comment on a video project by a professor where she said she had been a victim of sexual assault.)
Wong also posed nude for a student photographer and teased the male student about it after she was supposedly assaulted.
Two of her claims lacked any evidentiary support. Half of her claims were found not to even be credible.
Wong has been enjoying her new found fame as an alleged “survivor.” She’s pushing a change.org petition to get Pomona to reform itself.
Wong ignored repeated requests for comment for this article.
But she’s continued to have an effect on the discourse.
Pomona alums, please support Yenli Wong PO '15, sexual assault survivor. Use hashtag #2015sagehenssoar tonight before midnight Pacific!
— Jimmie Luthuli (@jluthuli) May 15, 2015