In a column on proposed high-occupancy toll lanes on DC roadways, Washington Times columnist Deborah Simmons used rape to describe what she says officials are doing to the “common city dweller.”
“We at CASS feel strongly that rape is never an acceptable metaphor. Sexual assault is a tragic crime that affects tens of thousands of men and women each year, including in ways that most of us cannot begin to imagine. Equating rape with higher taxes is not only a disservice to victims, but also a danger to the community in diluting the gravity of this tragic crime. Here in D.C., CASS has worked for over a year to help pass legislation to thwart the trivialization and normalization of sexual assault, which routinely happens at the hands of police, the criminal justice system and — as Simmons’ article shows — the media and popular pundits. We hope that Simmons and the Times think twice and remove the offensive line. It is only by dedicating ourselves to speaking about sexual assault in accurate and articulate terms that we change our culture in ways to prevent it.”
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“Dear @WashTimes: Rape Is Never An Acceptable Metaphor! bit.ly/1mRCSRB #vaw #SAAM #endrape cc @safespacesDC”