Target: Ohio Governor John Kasich
Goal: Apologize for comment blaming victims of sexual assault.
Ohio Governor John Kasich gave advice to a female college student in New York on how to prevent sexual violence: avoid “parties where there’s a lot of alcohol.” Kasich’s message equates to blaming victims of sexual assault by shifting the burden away from perpetrators. A presidential nominee, Kasich is a national role model and his profoundly misguided perspective sets a totally unacceptable example for young followers.
The comment made at a town meeting in Watertown reflects a longstanding attitude toward women held by the Republican candidate. Previously, he has supported legislation aiming to remove funding from Planned Parenthood, an organization dedicated to providing fundamental resources for safe fertility management, including educational programs and health care services. Additionally, Kasich has attempted to shut down abortion clinics throughout Ohio, and has even supported a bill requiring women who have undergone abortions to sign a form designating cremation or burial of the remains.
The Ohio governor has offered explanations for his comment, elaborating on his theories about the link between sexual assault and alcohol, but has failed to apologize. Over and over, Kasich has demonstrated his lack of understanding that approaches aiming to reduce sexual assault should be centered on empowering women and punishing assailants, instead of restricting women and providing assailants with scapegoats.
Sign the petition below to demand that Governor Kasich begin to accept accountability for his vitriolic stance toward women and apologize for his most recent offensive remarks.
Dear Governor Kasich,
Restricting the behavior of women to deter men from rape is not a solution to the problem of sexual assault on and off college campuses. By encouraging potential victims to limit their freedom, you are sanctioning the power held by assailants. Failure to demonstrate an understanding of these issues is absolutely unacceptable for a presidential candidate, state governor, and national role model.
Comments you made at a town meeting in New York epitomize your misinformed perspective of women’s rights and safety. Though your administration has repeatedly sought to limit services and resources available to women through policy decisions, your personal advice given to a young college student represents a new level of disrespect.
I am demanding that you begin modify your staunch vilification of women by issuing an apology, clarifying the need for improvements in sexual assault policies to focus on empowering women and punishing perpetrators.
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