"You Deserve Rape": Three words stirring up anger at UA and coast to coast
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A quiet day on the mall interrupted by a student with a sign and a shocking message. It was all caught on video that's now gone viral.
The video shows UA student Dean Saxton holding two signs that read "You Deserve Rape" and "Sorority Girls Are Whores". He shouts things to passersby like "put some clothes on". He even grills women on their sexual behavior and calls them slurs.
Students on campus are outraged.
"It definitely makes me angry," said one student.
"No one deserves to be raped," said another student. "It's pretty messed up."
The two signs made by one student build up so much anger, other students step in to quiet him down. One guy rips the sign right out of Saxton's hands. UAPD eventually show up to quell the situation.
This all happened Tuesday. On Thursday night, debate reignited on the UA mall. So 9OYS reporter Marcelino Benito went up to challenge the so called "voice of God". Benito asked, "Does anyone deserve an apology?" Saxton replied, "I don't think so."
In fact Saxton stands by his sign and his message.
"I feel some girls are partially responsible if you dress like or if you provoke it," said Saxton.
That sort of thinking has campus groups like Oasis, who help combat sexual assault speaking out.
"He is what we work against, his message," said Megan McKendry, a violence prevention specialist at the UA. "It's galvanized students to rally against this rape culture."
But Saxton tells 9OYS this is free speech.
"Would you do anything differently?" asked Benito. He replied, "No, in fact I might bring that sign next week."
Several students have filed complaints with the Dean of Students. Below is a statement the University released to 9OYS:
"The University of Arizona does not endorse or condone the message of the campus speaker - in fact, it considers it to be vile and repugnant. However, because universities in particular are bastions for free speech, even when it is offensive, the University of Arizona will uphold the right of this speaker and all others to engage in constitutionally protected speech on its campus. Should the University receive complaints or otherwise become aware of allegations of misconduct that fall outside the realm of constitutionally protected speech, it will investigate and deal with them as appropriate."
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