Target: Ann Coulter, conservative writer and commentator
Goal: Urge prominent conservative to rescind offensive remarks about rape and sexual assault survivors
Prominent conservative commenter Ann Coulter recently said a number of offensive things about sexual assault and sexual assault survivors on a radio show. Her comments perpetuate rape culture and erase the experiences of countless survivors. Demand that Coulter rescind her comments immediately.
Ann Coulter has been a strong voice in the right-wing media milieu and has recently come back into the spotlight, this time providing her take on the sexual assault epidemic on college campuses that is only now beginning to get mainstream attention. On the conservative radio program “The Lars Larson Show,” Coulter cited the discrepancies in a prominent survivor’s story at University of Virginia as a “shocking fraud” perpetrated by a “poor psychotic”–despite the fact that it is common for survivors of trauma to mix up details of the event–and proof that “there is no rape crisis.” Coulter went on to dig even deeper, claiming that violent sexual assaults are the only ones of legitimate concern and repeating the all-too-common refrain that all other instances of women speaking up about their assaults are just “girls trying to get attention.”
Coulter is perpetuating a culture that dismisses the experiences of sexual assault survivors and lets rapists get away with their gross violations of human rights. Sign the petition below to demand that Coulter immediately and publicly redact her comments and issue an apology for making them in the first place.
Dear Ms. Coulter,
I am writing you today about your recent appearance on “The Lars Larson Show.” Specifically, I want to bring up the comments you made about sexual assault and rape on college campuses. Your comments were damaging, offensive, and legitimately inaccurate.
Your contention that there is no rape crisis on college campuses is patently false. One out of every five women to attend college is sexually assaulted during their time there. If that is not indicative of a crisis, I have a difficult time imagining what would be. Beyond that, your argument that widespread concerns about how universities handle cases of sexual assault and rape are “based on nothing” is also downright wrong. Institutions of higher learning across the country have come under fire for routinely dismissing instances of sexual assault and blaming the survivors for the incident, often giving preferential treatment to the perpetrator over the survivor if a case moves forward at all. Your willful ignorance of a situation that is more than accessible through a simple Google search is striking.
Your remarks are rape culture distilled. They are backwards, out of touch, and do nothing but perpetuate an environment in the United States where women and men who are sexually assaulted are discouraged from reporting the crime for fear of not being taken seriously. I demand that you take steps to make amends by publicly rescinding your comments and apologizing for making them.
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