Friday, April 26, 2013

Controversy on UA Campus

Posted By on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Dean Saxton, commonly referred to as "Brother Dean Samuel," is a junior at UA who known for making bold statements in his messages to the student body as they pass by on the mall.

Usually, his messages are suggestive and to some, offensive, but his message this week may have gone to far.

"You Deserve Rape," read the sign that he held in front of the Administration building on Tuesday.

What was his reasoning behind this suggestion? As reported by the Daily Wildcat, Saxton said the purpose of his speech was that “if you dress like a whore, act like a whore, you’re probably going to get raped."

According to a video posted on YouTube, he also held signs that read "Frat Boys Are The Rapists," "Sorority Girls Are Whores," and "Rapists Deserve The Death Penalty."

This public display of free speech caused outrage from students passing by on campus, leading to several complaints made to the Dean of Students Office.

Not only were the signs considered offensive in any context, they were also displayed on the same day the UA was holding their annual "Take Back the Night" event, which protests sexual assault.

Personally, I have seen Saxton "preaching" around campus. I have even seen students attempt to rip signs out of his hands and attack him. There are also some students who just laugh it off and don't take what he is saying personally. However, this particular event obviously made students react more seriously than usual.

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