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Anti-DUI tweet alludes to prison rape during Super Bowl

Anti-DUI tweet alludes to prison rape during Super Bowl

Postby smix » Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:00 pm

Anti-DUI tweet alludes to prison rape during Super Bowl
ABC News

URL: http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/ ... l-52844125
Category: Police
Published: February 5, 2018

Description: Kentucky State Police have apologized for a Super Bowl-themed tweet aimed at discouraging drunken driving that referenced prison rape. News outlets report the official state police account tweeted "Enjoy watching Rob Gronkowski (TE) play but if you drink & drive ... your tight-end may end up in jail!" on Sunday night, accompanying the post with a gif of a dropped soap on a rope. Gronkowski is a tight end for the New England Patriots, who eventually lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. The tweet, which remained up for nearly two hours, drew condemnation from Kentucky's Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who called for an apology. The agency later posted a statement , saying "making light of sexual assault is never acceptable," and apologized especially "to the victims of these heinous crimes."
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Kentucky State Police's tweet isn't a joke. There were 200+ prison rape allegations in 2016

Postby smix » Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:09 pm

Kentucky State Police's tweet isn't a joke. There were 200+ prison rape allegations in 2016
Kentucky Courier-Journal

URL: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/n ... 306512002/
Category: Prison
Published: February 5, 2018

Description: Kentucky State Police was one of the agencies responsible for investigating hundreds of rape allegations reported in state prisons in 2016. Yet on Sunday, the agency found itself apologizing for a prison rape joke posted to its Twitter account. "Making light of sexual assault is never acceptable, and we apologize for the distress this tweet caused, particularly to the victims of these heinous crimes," the agency said late Sunday. The Kentucky Department of Corrections investigated 214 allegations of sexual abuse and 250 allegations of sexual harassment in 2016, according to a report. A small portion of those were transferred to Kentucky State Police for futher investigation. The joke, posted to KSP's account by an unidentified employee, was supposed to carry an anti-drunk driving message during the Super Bowl. Instead, it drew sharp criticism for its insensitivity. "Enjoy watching Rob Gronkowski (TE) play but if you drink & drive ... your tight end may end up in jail!" the tweet said. Attached was a slow-motion gif of a bar of soap hitting the ground, which was taken from a scene of the stoner comedy "Half Baked," where the characters joke about inmates becoming vulnerable to anal rape in prison showers.

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KSP deleted the tweet shortly after a Courier Journal reporter called for comment. The agency then issued a public apology. "KSP is committed to protecting against sexual assault and fighting for justice for victims," the statement said. "This tweet – made by an individual employee – does not represent KSP or our mission.” A spokesman for Kentucky State Police said he would not name the employee in question and that the agency is reviewing its social media policy to see if disciplinary actions are warranted. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes decried the tweet publicly. "Rape & sexual assault are not joking matters. Citizens expect & deserve better law enforcement," Grimes said in the tweet Sunday. "An apology to victims everywhere from @kystatepolice is needed." Requests for comment from Gov. Matt Bevin's office, the Kentucky Department of Corrections or the cabinet of Justice and Public Safety were not immediately returned Monday. State police are trained to investigate instances of rape at Kentucky's Department of Corrections facilities, KSP Maj. Fred Williams said in a letter to the commissioner of the department in September 2017. "All KSP troopers receive training in sexual abuse investigations during basic training at the State Police Academy," the memo said. Allegations of rape in prisons are passed on to the facility staff, then later to state police if they are criminal in nature, according to the Prison Rape Elimination Act. Of the 214 allegations of sexual abuse, 26 were substantiated; of the 250 allegations of sexual harassment, 20 were substantiated. Public documents relating to PREA do not state what action is taken if a rape allegation is substantiated. KDOC and KSP did not return a request for comment.
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