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Kentucky State Police Tweet Controversial Rape Joke, Apologize

Kentucky State Police Tweet Controversial Rape Joke, Apologize
(Kentucky.gov)

By    |   Monday, 05 February 2018 11:41 AM

Kentucky State Police officials have apologized for a tweet that jokingly referenced prison rape in an attempt to deter drunken driving during the Super Bowl, USA Today reported.

The original post, which has since been deleted, read:

"Enjoy watching Rob Gronkowski (TE) play but if you drink & drive ... your tight end may end up in jail!"

A gif of a bar of soap hitting the ground was attached to the tweet.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes responded by demanding an apology.

"Rape & sexual assault are not joking matters," she said, adding that "citizens expect & deserve better of law enforcement."

The Kentucky State Police followed up with an apology, noting that it was "never acceptable" to make light of sexual assault and that the tweet, which was sent off by an individual employee, did not represent the rest of the force.

"KSP is committed to protecting against sexual assault and fighting for justice for victims," the department said.

Despite this, the Kentucky State Police received massive backlash for the tweet.

"Thanks. As a #metoo woman I keep thinking of the men -- the many, many men, and boys -- who aren't yet getting the same acknowledgement and support," one person replied to the tweet. "We should include them. Not joking about their rapes is part of that."

"That post was sickening," another person noted. "Making light of sexual assault is never a good thing. You all apparently have zero training in KY. I’m not surprised."

In light of the incident, The USA Today reported sobering statistics that revealed how aver 80,000 prison inmates experienced sexual victimization between 2011 and 2012.

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