Target: Fox News correspondent and former GWU Professor Bob Beckel
Goal: Implore Bob Beckel to retract his false statement regarding campus rapes
Recently, former professor and Fox News correspondent Bob Beckel denied the existence of campus rape. On the talk show “The Five”, Beckel commented “When’s the last time you heard about rape on a college campus?”. This statement is not only out of touch with reality, but also serves to propagate false assumptions. In fact, according to the Center for Disease control, almost a quarter of women have reported a rape or attempted rape that occurred during their college years. This statistic excludes the numerous victims who have not come forward.
Beckel’s statement is even more confusing in light of the fact that he was a university professor. Having been immersed in the university lifestyle, Beckel should be more aware of the reality of campus rapes rather than less. By denying the existence of campus rape, Beckel is encouraging a culture of silence rather than one that addresses a very real and rampant problem.
Don’t stand by while rape victims are silenced. Demand that Bob Beckel admit to his wrongdoing and retract his statement regarding the lack of rapes on college campuses. Furthermore, implore him to raise awareness and provide the real statistics regarding campus rape.
Dear Bob Beckel,
The facts say it all: over one quarter of women have reported a rape or attempted rape that occurred during the duration of their college years. So why did you, on February 19th, claim that rapes do not occur on college campuses? As a former university professor you should be aware of this issue and understand that, because you have spent time on campuses, your voice carries more weight.
Not only does your statement disrespect victims of campus rape, it also allows a dangerous myth to stay alive. In fact, over 90% of campus rapes are not reported. Why is this? Victims are often too afraid, embarrassed, or unwilling to admit that something so horrible could have happened to them. Your words only reinforce this cycle of fear and silence and serve to further harm rape victims.
I implore you to reconsider your words and amend your actions. Present and future victims of rape deserve an apology. More importantly than this, they deserve to be heard. As a news correspondent, your opportunities to have your voice heard are far more numerous than those of most college students. Please use your voice for good rather than harm; please retract your statement and in place of it provide the facts.
[Your Name Here]
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