A Rolling Stone article may have done what it was set out to do: highlight the severity of sexual assault.

But for months, the story has been plagued by doubts that the gang–rape detailed in the article ever happened.

Now that the story has been retracted, some sexual assault activists fear it's a step back for victims all over the country.

The controversy flared up after it came to light that the reporter never confirmed the victim's entire narrative.

Local experts say what's *not in doubt is the fact that sexual assault is a serious issue.

CADA Executive Director Renita Robinson said, "You can survey any campus across the country and you know that there is a problem with the amount of sexual assault, the sexual violence that's happening against women on campuses and communities. The numbers don't lie."

And with April as sexual assault awareness month local CADA leaders say one false account doesn't generalize all victims.

CADA Sexual Violence Program Team Leader Hannah Fisher said, "So the FBI tells us 2 to 8 percent of people make false reports about sexual assaults or about theft or burglaries–any type of crime so it's the same but this definitely increased that myth and it gives people who want to believe that are going to latch on to this so it's unfortunate."

And experts say the 9,000 word article titled A Rape On Campus could make even more victims of sexual assault fearful of coming forward.

Fisher said, "Macro issues come down, they trickle down, right. So what's ever going on nationwide, worldwide is going to fall down into personal lives and so if there's any survivors in the area just know that we believe you and we here you and please come forward."

--KEYC News 12.