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Circulating Story Claims Woman Found Guilty of Raping Eight Men

Circulating message claims that an 18-year-old woman in Germany has been found guilty of seducing and raping eight men. The message links to a longer piece presented as a news article.

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Brief Analysis
The claims in the message are false. The original article was published on a satirical blog. The story is fiction and does not describe a real case. The picture used in the fake news article has been published on many other websites.

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In the City of Wassenberg in Western Germany a woman has been found guilty of seducing and raping eight men in the first case of its kind in Europe. Maria Heidelsohn aged 18 alleges that on the afternoon of August 23rd she was pulled away by eight men from the porch she was sun bathing on and carried into a small shed in which she was brutally and repeatedly gang raped. Heidelsohn alleges that she cried for help repeatedly until she was bound and gagged, she then claims that she was beaten severely and both of her arms and one leg were broken.

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Detailed Analysis

According to a message that is currently making its way around Facebook, an eighteen-year-old woman in Germany has been found guilty of seducing and raping eight men.  The message includes a picture apparently meant to depict a group of angry Muslim men.  A link in the message leads to a longer article, designed to look like a news report, that goes on to describe the supposed case in appalling detail.

However, the message and the associated article is a work of fiction.  No such case exists. The article was originally published on the satirical blog, Diversity Chronicle. A disclaimer on the blog notes:

The original content on this blog is largely satirical. 

Erik Thorson, the blog's author, states that he created the blog for his own personal amusement.

The picture used in the article has been published on many other sites in many different contexts.

The blog is populated with rather outlandish - and clearly fabricated - articles on a variety of topics some of which feature made up interviews with made up people.

Satire has its place, but stories from satirical websites often escape the confines of their original context and circulate cyberspace, tricking at least a few recipients into believing their absurd claims.

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Last updated: November 27, 2013
First published: November 27, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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