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Tell The Houston Press To Apologize For Sexy Sex Offenders List

 

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.

 

This petition was delivered to:
  • Blogger, Houston Press
    Richard Connelly
  • Editor In Chief, Houston Press
    Margaret Downing


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