Cancel the event hosting Mike Tyson as an after dinner speaker.
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.
This event completely undermines the progression made by Barnsley Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Services, BMBC, Victim Support and other partner agencies in ensuring that its residents, including those that have experienced sexual assault or rape, feel safe, valued and believed.
Barnsley Premier Leisure has stated that they ‘don’t wish to cause offence’. We request your support to inform Barnsley Premier Leisure that this booking is offensive and join us in requesting an immediate cancellation of this event. Furthermore, following our recent Olympic success, we believe there are much better role models.
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
It is estimated that 1 in 4 people have experienced sexual assault or rape and last year alone, Barnsley Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Services received calls for help from over 1200 Barnsley people, 12% of which were male and 88% female.
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 criminal would be allowed to be celebrated in this way
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