Tell The Houston Press To Apologize For Sexy Sex Offenders List
  • Petitioned Richard Connelly

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Richard Connelly
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Margaret Downing

Tell The Houston Press To Apologize For Sexy Sex Offenders List

    1. Andrea Grimes
    2. Petition by

      Andrea Grimes

      Dallas, TX

 

The Houston Press recently ran a top 10 list of the "hottest women on the Texas sex offenders list," featuring photos of the women as well as the ages and genders of their victims on their "Hairballs" news blog. After numerous complaints and comments online from readers dismayed by the trivialization of the sexual assault of children and the misguided emphasis on the women's physical appearance in an attempt at humor, the paper said that the list was intended to help readers "realize there are people out there like this and they all don't look like the obvious stereotypical pervert" -- something never mentioned in the original post.

Of course, there is no "stereotypical" pervert when it comes to female sex offenders--unless, perhaps, they're portrayed as "hot" teachers giving teenage male students the times of their lives, in which case the Houston Press is perpetuating, rather than challenging, a stereotype. But sexual abuse and assault, perpetrated by anyone, is not a joke, but a reality--as we can see from the listing of the Texas women's victims, who are aged as young as two years old. We doubt these young victims of sexual assault are thankful that their assailants were "hot."

Tell the Houston Press to apologize for its list and, if it truly intends to inform Texans about sexual assault, to do so with a thoughtful article that addresses the realities of sexual assault and abuse of children--after all, 44 percent of sexual assault and abuse victims are under 18, according to RAINN.

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Andrea Grimes
      Petition Organizer

      The Houston Press issued an apology tonight. Way to go, y'all!

    2. Shelby Knox
      Senior Campaigner

      Petition creator Andrea Grimes expands on what SHOULD be obvious: rape is not hot.

    3. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Rebecca Sabala HOUSTON, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      This is absolutely deplorable. I'm usually a fervent reader of the Houston Press, now I won't be.

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    • Jenny Rock STAUNTON, VA
      • over 3 years ago

      This is obscene and inappropriate at the highest level. Fix this now.

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    • Amy Mccarthy DALLAS, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      this is 100% unacceptable when we live in a state where women and girls are trafficked, rape kits go untested, not to mention the pervasive victim-blaming that goes on in Texas. The alternative press isn't always known for its awesome treatment of women (y'know...backpage.com?) but come on...it's gotta be better than this!

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    • Carmen Williams SPRINGFIELD, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      This blog entry was very bad judgement! The writer seems to want to turn this into some kind of twisted beauty pageant, and to praise these women who have molested or raped children.

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