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Don Lemon Non-Apologizes for Thickheaded Rape Comments

Don Lemon has responded to the deeply ignorant comments about rape that he made last night on his CNN show. His solution to the controversy is a non-apology that is almost as stupid as his original question of, hey girl, why didn't you just bite down on Bill Cosby's penis so you could prevent yourself from being raped? Huh? Didya ever think of that?


Lemon begins by noting that he himself is a victim of sexual violence—he was molested as a child—presumably meaning to point out that he would never want to diminish a victim's pain or blame them in any way for the crimes committed against them. Yeah, dude. Duh. The acknowledgment of your own trauma suggests that you really should have known better than blame a rape victim for their own rape.


Lemon backtracks and pulls the most cowardly of coward moves by pulling out the old "sorry if you were offended" bullshit: "If my question struck anyone as insensitive, I'm sorry as that was not my intention."

Great. Thanks, Don. I'm sure your words are sound, sound comfort to all the victims of sexual violence that you offended.

I'm just throwing this out there, but a better response might have been: I'm deeply sorry for suggesting that Joan Tarshis was at all responsible for preventing her sexual assault. I was wrong, I regret what I said and I'm now going to go take some time to figure out why I can't stop saying stupid shit on live television.

H/t via Mediaite.

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This seems to be something that men just do not get- the fear of further injury/murder.

What does he think would happen to the victim who bit her attacker? There is a possibility, depending on the situation, that it would give her/him the time to escape, but there's also the stronger possibility that it would lead to the attack becoming much more violent.

Just yesterday I was reading that rapes with no visual injuries are routinely disregarded by police- but the women I know who have been attacked usually didn't fight back because they were too afraid of even worse injuries or death. Why don't men get this?? No one questions why a mugging victim didn't struggle with their mugger so as to receive enough injuries to 'prove' they were really mugged and any advice on such situations is to just give them what they want to save your own life. But it's different for women being sexually assaulted I guess.