Target: University of Arizona
Goal: Expel student for statements about women being deserving of rape
Dean Saxton, a junior at the University of Arizona, has made several remarks stating women are deserving of rape. The university has refused to take disciplinary action against him, citing his right to free speech. His sermons telling women they are responsible for their rape, however, have crossed the line from free speech to hate speech; the university must expel Saxton for his hateful and damaging remarks.
Saxton is a classics and religious studies major who often performs sermons around campus condemning homosexuality, sex before marriage, and masturbation, among other topics. His sermon about women, timed specifically to coincide with the Take Back the Night event on campus, stated that if a woman dresses or acts like a “whore”, then she deserves to be raped. He even provided a link to an article regarding Take Back the Night along with the caption “The whores are out.” This type of hate speech promotes rape culture, victim blaming, and overall misogyny that is extremely harmful towards women and must be stopped.
By signing the petition below, you will help encourage the University of Arizona to expel Saxton, thus creating a safer environment for the women on campus.
Dear President Hart,
Dean Saxton has several times claimed that women who dress or act like “whores” are deserving of rape; university officials, however, have refused to inflict disciplinary action against him claiming he has the right to free speech. Giving public sermons claiming anyone is deserving of rape is hate speech that promotes rape culture, victim blaming, and overall violence towards women. Saxton must be expelled for his hateful sermons which promote harm against women.
Saxton was clearly searching for greater attention when he coincided his misogynistic sermon with the Take Back the Night event on campus. He even posted a link to an article about it along with the caption “The whores are out.” During his sermon, he clearly and proudly declared that women are raped because they are “asking for it”. This is not just free speech, because it is not just a distasteful opinion. It is directly harmful and has contributed to a more dangerous atmosphere on campus.
Please take action to expel Saxton for his hate speech. As president of your university and as a woman, you have an obligation to ensure your female students do not have to fear for their bodily security.
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