Rachel Cassidy, OU Student, Falsely Accused and Harassed in Assault Case

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
October 22, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Rachel Cassidy, a female Ohio University student, faced online criticism and attacks but she was incorrectly identified as a victim of sexual assault, said a report.

OU student newspaper The Post reported that Cassidy was linked to the public sexual assault that was captured in a video and photographed before it was uploaded online.

OU Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones told the paper that Cassidy is “100 percent” not the woman who was involved in the incident.

Cassidy told the paper that at the time of the assault, she was in her sorority house.

“Wednesday night, my friend called me and said there were pictures posted of me linked to the woman in the video saying I was her, although that’s untrue,” Cassidy said.

“I was nowhere near where the incident occurred (Saturday). I have no idea why I was targeted.”

According to the paper, she deactivated her social media accounts and didn’t leave her house. She was also excused from her classes.

On Twitter, some claimed that she is a “false rape accuser,” and a branch of the Anonymous hacker group ordered a “dox” on her, meaning find and publish her personal information.

Another said that “Rachel Cassidy of Ohio University is falsely claiming ‘rape’ to save her [expletive] from expulsion.”

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.