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Petitioning Executive Vice President, Current Programming, NBC Vernon Sanders and 4 others

NBC and Law & Order:SVU: We request that you re-consider casting convicted rapist, Mike Tyson on Law & Order:SVU

Mike Tyson is set to guest star on NBC's long-running crime drama, Law and Order: Special Victim's Unit. His publicist announced that he will shoot the episode, which will air on Feb. 6, 2013.

According to USA Today, Tyson will portray Reggie Rhodes, “a murderer on death row who is also the victim of a difficult childhood.”

Am I the only one who remembers that Mike Tyson was CONVICTED and sent to prison for raping Desiree Washington? I am sorry but I see this as just another way to clean-up his image.

I am extremely disappointed as I love this show and have watched it for years. I have even suggested rape crisis advocates watch the show for tips and love Mariska Hargitay and her work with Joyful Heart Foundation and "Telling Amy's Story."

As an advocate and a survivor, my heart aches at the thought that this man gets a free pass because he is famous! I can't even begin to imagine what this news would mean to his victim.

I am asking for you to sign this petition requesting NBC to re-consider casting convicted rapist Mike Tyson on Law and Order SVU or to pull the episode! I believe this is a slap in the face to survivors everywhere.

Letter to
Executive Vice President, Current Programming, NBC Vernon Sanders
Chairman, NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt Jennifer Salke
and 2 others
Showrunner, Law & Order:SVU Warren Leight
Executive Producer, Law & Order:SVU Richard Wolf
We are requesting that you re-consider your decision to have Mike Tyson on Law and Order: SVU or to pull the episode. While we understand Mr. Tyson has served his time; it seems as though the only person who will benefit from his guest appearance will be him. There are many sexual assault survivors as well as others who consider your decision to be in poor judgement. Mr. Tyson has never publicly apologized to his victim nor has he admitted his crime. In fact, he has publicly ridiculed his victim. Your show has been a great comfort for so many and is one of the few media outlets that discourages victim-blaming. We would like for the show to continue to have that same integrity.

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