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Comment: Cardiff Met Student Union under fire over offensive rape comment on Freshers' week poster

August 22, 2013 10:06 AM

Cardiff Met posterCardiff Metropolitan University has launched a full investigation into how a rape slur made it onto a promotional poster on its Students' Union website. Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central, was contacted directly by several students from the university who expressed their disgust and asked that she take the matter up further.

Jenny Willott MP said: "Earlier today I was contacted by several students from Cardiff Metropolitan University, expressing disgust at a poster displayed on the Student Union's website advertising a Fresher's event at Walkabout. It featured an image of a man wearing a t-shirt with a joke about having raped a girl while on a night out.

"The students concerned found the poster deeply offensive, as do I; anything which seeks to diminish the horror of rape is abhorrent and completely unacceptable. Sadly the idea that some women who are raped are 'asking for it' continues to be put forward by some people, and this kind of sick comment feeds into a culture that attempts to minimise the crime. Rape is rape, full stop. For any organisation, but particularly one aimed at potentially impressionable young people, to think that such a poster is ok is very worrying.

"The students asked me to highlight this matter and I have done so by reporting it to the Advertising Standards Authority. Cardiff Met Student Union have apologised and removed the offensive element of the poster, which I welcome, but the fact remains that such an image should never have been allowed on the website in the first place. I would like Cardiff Metropolitan University Student Union to explain how this happened and how they will prevent similar occurrences in the future."