Mike Tyson = not welcome
  • Petitioned The Guildhall Portsmouth

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@PortsmouthGhall
The Guildhall Portsmouth

Mike Tyson = not welcome

    1. Petition by

      Aurora new Dawn

      Havant, United Kingdom

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July 2012

Victory

Great news! Thanks to over 3,000 people -- including you -- who signed the petition, Portsmouth City Council and Portsmouth Guildhall have cancelled the evening with "legendary figure" Mike Tyson -- a convicted rapist. Aurora New Dawn were delighted to hear the announcement on Wednesday, just a few days after starting the petition. They believe this move illustrates Portsmouth’s commitment to ending violence against women. They've been overwhelmed by the support shown for their campaign. CEO Shonagh Dillon said "Today is a proud day for Portsmouth, and we would like to thank Portsmouth City Council, Portsmouth Guildhall and every single person who put their signature to our petition."

In 1992 Mike Tyson was convicted for raping an 18 year old woman and sentenced to 6 years in prison. Yet the Guildhall Portsmouth has chosen Tyson as a guest of honour at a dinner event later this year with tickets costing up to £150. That's £150 for the pleasure of spending an evening with a rapist.

By inviting a convicted rapist to speak at one of the leading venues in Portsmouth the Guildhall goes against the hard work that the city has undertaken to ensure that survivors of rape feel valued, safe and believed. Aurora New Dawn are asking the Guildhall to cancel this event and show support to survivors of sexual violence rather than billing a convicted rapist as a hero in the city.

Women are more worried about rape than any other crime. The work that Aurora New Dawn and the White Ribbon group have done in Portsmouth in conjunction with other partner agencies consists of supporting people through the trauma of experiencing sexual violence which often leads to long lasting negative effects on both physical and emotional health and well-being.

Fewer than 6% of rapists are convicted for their offence. Victims and survivors struggle to be believed and – even when there is a conviction, as in this case – are still confronted with an organisation choosing to champion a rapist.

Please sign this petition in recognition of all survivors of sexual violence and abuse. We can't think of any other violent crime where a celebrity would be allowed to be celebrated in this way.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Still waiting for Portsmouth Guildhall to get back to us

      Aurora  new Dawn
      Petition Organizer

      Please keep signing and sharing with all your contacts. Every signature counts! We really appreciate your support. Best Wishes. The Aurora Team.

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. Letter sent to Guildhall today sharing the petition!

      Aurora  new Dawn
      Petition Organizer

      So far the support for the campaign has been overwhelming! Thank you.

    5. Reached 100 signatures
    6. More than 50 signatures in less than a day! Thanks for the support.

      Aurora  new Dawn
      Petition Organizer

      This proves the outrage at celebrating a convicted rapist as a hero!

    7. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Ian Basford WARRINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Its hard to believe that with all the publicity about the our inability to throw criminals out of the country we are inviting convicted rapists here.

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    • Laurence Parry BALDOCK, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Attitudes to women must change. We must vigorously defend the right of all people not to be terrorised and demeaned. Allowing Tyson to continue unchallenged sends the wrong signal.

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    • eve gordon BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      He has raped a women we should not condone this behaviour ever... He has ruined that womans life and for her to see him being praised by the public must be torture.. I don't want to do that to her

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    • Robert Vince FELIXSTOWE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      He is no hero to me and shouldn't be treated as one !

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    • Sarah Knight NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      This is disgraceful. What kind of role model are we showing our young black males in the UK - that it is okay to be a violent criminal and receive glory for it? Teresa May needs to resign & Tyson should be cancelled today!

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