• Petitioned Ocean Rooms, Gorleston

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Ocean Rooms, Gorleston

Cancel The Event Featuring Mike Tyson As An After Dinner Speaker.

    1. Kim Graham
    2. Petition by

      Kim Graham

      Norfolk, United Kingdom

Mike Tyson is a convicted rapist who served three years of a six year sentence for raping an 18 year old woman. He has been completely unrepentant.

We see fewer than 6% of rapists convicted of their crimes, and even in the result of a conviction, survivors and victims struggle to be believed. By providing an event that celebrates a convicted rapist, we send the message out that rapists are role models; a harmful message for both survivors and for young people.

The idea of giving a convicted rapist a "hero's welcome" is both deeply offensive and damaging.

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    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Carl Moore, Event Organiser: "Mike Tyson isn't a rapist..."

      Kim Graham
      Petition organiser

      I had the "pleasure" of speaking to Carl Moore, the organiser of the event earlier this evening. When I asked Moore why he felt having a convicted rapist was a suitable speaker at an event, he tried to tell me that Tyson (who pleaded guilty at his trial) was wrongly convicted, that Tyson had been told he'd walk free were he to plead guilty.

      We already see a situation where most rapists walk free, through being found "not guilty" due to a failing legal system. Sadly, in the rare situations where rapists are convicted of their crimes, where they even plead guilty, we're still faced with a situation where the survivor of the crime isn't believed.

      Words, such as Moore's, are an insult to rape survivors, and a mockery of those who finally see a conviction. This event cannot continue.

      Kim

    3. Reached 50 signatures

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    • Sherry Loucks TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      Personal

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    • Louise Livesey OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      PS perhaps the Ocean Rooms can stop telling survivors of sexual violence and women in general to stop whinging as in their tweet earlier which excused this event on the basis that Tyson "pays wages" - so did many other reprehensible figures that you wouldn't rely on to make an argument.

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    • Naomi Stevens LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      The man is a rapist. He should not be given the time of day, let alone a platform to speak.

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    • Arabella Beckett NORWICH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      So you have invited Mike Tyson to speak at your event? Are you going to invite Gary Glitter and make it a hat trick. Rape is rape and rapists should be shunned by society for the vicious criminals they are.

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    • james north LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      We need to stop the slide and get the message across that rape is heinous crime that destroys women's lives. We should not be celebrating their attackers.

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