Pro-Rape Advocate Cancels Planned Meeting in Cedar Rapids
A pro-rape blogger has canceled a planned worldwide private meetup for Saturday, February 6. Two locations were in Iowa, one in Cedar Rapids and the other in Des Moines.
is the creator of "men's rights group" Return of Kings. He has said his
is to "make rape legal if done on private property. I propose that we make the violent taking of a woman not punishable by law when done off public grounds."
Word of the "international meetup" had spread through social media and concerned citizens contacted police in both Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, as well as KCRG-TV9.
In a statement, Cedar Rapids Police said the department was aware of the situation. "It appears to be an attempt to get young girls or women to various meeting sites throughout the country, including a location in Cedar Rapids.
"It is our recommendation that no one actually goes to any of these sites. The Police Department certainly does not support individuals or groups who advocate violence or criminal acts."
On Wednesday night,
, saying "I can no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend on February 6, especially since most of the meetups can not be made private in time. While I can’t stop men who want to continue meeting in private groups, there will be no official Return Of Kings meetups. The listing page has been scrubbed of all locations. I apologize to all the supporters who are let down by my decision."
An Iowa advocacy group told WHO-TV in Des Moines “A lot of the opinions expressed on [the Return of Kings] blogs and their websites are very counter to what we advocate for.”
The mission of the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault is to promote a society free from sexual violence. The organization's associate director said these types of groups can make women feel unsafe, unheard, and unbelieved.
“Unfortunately, there are members of the community that think that these kinds of beliefs and actions are OK,” Kerri True-Funk said.
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