I usually take the weekend off from posting, but this one really got my goat. Bill Orally, himself, is scheduled to give a speech on March 19th at the It Happened to Alexa Foundation.
The purpose of this foundation, in case you don't know:
...is to help support rape survivors through the trauma of the criminal trial, in the hopes that more survivors will go through with the prosecution in order to put these perpetrators behind bars.Sounds like a terrific idea, doesn't it? So why in the hell are they allowing Bill Orally to give a talk there? Especially given his total lack of sensitivity to women and women's issues, especially when he is on record as saying on his radio show in 2006, when speaking about another rape victim, 18-year-old Jennifer Moore, who was raped and murdered in New York:
Established in 2003, the foundation assists rape victims' families with travel expenses during the litigation process and is the only organization of its kind in the United States.
Now Moore, Jennifer Moore, 18, on her way to college. She was 5-foot-2, 105 pounds, wearing a miniskirt and a halter top with a bare midriff. Now, again, there you go. So every predator in the world is gonna pick that up at two in the morning. She's walking by herself on the West Side Highway, and she gets picked up by a thug. All right. Now she's out of her mind, drunk.This is exactly the kind of classic "blame the victim" mentality that women -- and enlightened men -- have been fighting against for years, and for them to turn around and invite this thug, this chauvinist pig, to speak before a fundraiser for the families of rape victims is so appalling that it's almost beyond belief.
Please join me in telling the foundation that having Bill-O as their "guest" speaker sends exactly the wrong message to the very people that they are trying to help.
It Happened to Alexa Foundation
125 South First Street
Lewiston, New York 14092
Phone: (716) 754-9105; 877-77-ALEXA (25392)
Fax: (716) 754-4676