Goal: Commend company for apologizing for a book promoting sexual assault and for donating $25,000 to an anti-sexual assault organization
After providing a platform for fundraising for a book promoting sexual assault against women, Kickstarter has issued an apology and has pledged to donate $25,000 to an anti-sexual assault organization. Thank the company for recognizing that it was wrong and for changing its policy to disallow future campaigns that would promote sexual violence.
Kickstarter is a crowd-sourcing website where individuals can raise money for creative projects, including publishing books. A Reddit user began fundraising for a “seduction guide” in which the author advised several ways to sexually assault women: “Decide that you’re going to sit in a position where you can rub her leg and back,” a draft of the guide reads. “Physically pick her up and sit her on your lap. Don’t ask for permission. Be dominant. Force her to rebuff your advances.”
The “sex” section of the guide continues: “Pull out your cock and put her hand on it. Remember, she is letting you do this because you have established yourself as a LEADER. Don’t ask for permission, GRAB HER HAND, and put it right on your dick.”
In response to online efforts by activists to cancel the fundraising project, Kickstarter initially refused, citing time constraints. By the time anything could be done, the fundraising was over and the author of the guide had already received the money. Kickstarter addressed its inaction in an apology letter on its official blog, where it pledged to donate $25,000 to anti-sexual violence organization RAINN, “an excellent organization that combats exactly the sort of problems our inaction may have encouraged.” Kickstarter also changed its policy to ban all further fundraising efforts for “seduction guides.”
Thank Kickstarter for recognizing it was wrong to allow a publication advocating sexual violence against women by signing the petition below.
Thank you for issuing an apology for providing a platform for a book that promotes sexual assault against women. I commend your decision to donate $25,000 to the anti-sexual assault organization RAINN in response to this controversy.
Although it was too late to cancel the project and it is not possible to return the funds raised for the book, your company did the right thing by publicly apologizing for the error in judgment. Banning future “seduction guides” from the site is also a good step going forward by preventing future material that advocates sexual violence against women from ever reaching Kickstarter’s site again. Thank you for taking a stand against hateful and violent speech.
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