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Episcopalians respond to hateful FB post at University of Wyoming

Episcopalians respond to hateful FB post at University of Wyoming

After a University of Wyoming student group posted a threat of sexual violence against another student on its Facebook page, Pamela Kandt, co-convener of the Episcopal Women’s Caucus called on University of Wyoming officials, including President Tom Buchanan, on Wednesday, to make a “swift response to this outrage.”


“This is a prime opportunity for university administration to make clear, once and for all, there is no room for a rape culture,” Kandt said.

The group, called UW Crushes, uses the UW seal, which includes “equality” in the image, as its profile picture. The page is not officially affiliated with the university.

The post, which has been removed, used graphic, forceful language toward a female UW student, who has asked to not be identified.

The Laramie Boomarang reports:

It referenced a sexual act against “that chick that runs her liberal mouth all the time and doesn’t care who knows it.”

“One night with me and she’s (sic) gonna be a good Republican (expletive),” the post read.

UW spokesman Chad Baldwin said university police are investigating the post in hopes of determining who it was authored by and whether any crimes were committed.

Sara Axelson, UW vice president of student affairs, responded to Kandt’s email Thursday.

“President Buchanan asked that I respond on his behalf to this email and your call,” Axelson wrote. “I appreciate your concern and agree that this language on the site is hateful and unacceptable.

“The UW Crushes site is not affiliated with the University of Wyoming and action has been taken regarding the use of the UW trademark seal. Thankfully, the post has been removed.

“The University of Wyoming doesn’t tolerate any form of violence. Know that appropriate action will be taken if any employees or students were involved in the recent posting.”

UW Crushes is a Facebook page that invites readers to “Tell us about your crush or that cutie you saw by sending us a message using our anonymous form.” In their posted response, they admit that they do not screen contributions to the site. Their statement says:

“That’s why we don’t have the time to screen every single word and every single message you guys send,” the apology reads. “Our job is just to copy and paste what UW students wanna say and give them the chance to express their feelings freely, but obviously we don’t read them because simply that’s impossible, especially if we are getting thousands and thousands of posts daily.”

The female student targeted in the original post responded to the apology.

She said she’s unmoved by the page admin’s explanation.

“To me, it was, ‘Sorry you’re offended,'” she said. “It’s not an apology that really takes ownership.”

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debcharles

Wait a sec! It's okay to indict an entire University from a nameless, faceless individual post? Because the original article above does exactly this. Or even law abiding conservatives for that matter? That's ok too apparently. Some may stick up for the questionably "innocent" Megan Lanker Simons who reportedly confessed to this hoax (because according to Kandt the University police wanted to frame Megan since the Bill Ayers incident). Funny aside, ask Donna Ron about Bill Ayers and her rape.

The nicest thing that I can say about Ms Simons is that she needs prayer and is obviously troubled. Ms. Kandt has a issue with the U Wyoming, per her own Facebook posts calling UW the "guiltiest party" in this mess. What does Ms. Kandt call Wyoming? "Red neck state" "right wing bloodsuckers." Yes "kudos" to Ms. Kandt.

By the way, I'm no activist like Ms. Kandt, just an episcopalian. May the truth prevail. God bless.

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debcharles

Ms. Kandt,

With all due respect, the original article implied the story was true, according to police reports she confessed. Let the courts decide. Your "friend," may be innocent but she appears to be quite troubled. I'll pray for her and hope others do the same.

http://trib.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/university-of-wyoming-police-rape-threat-came-from-alleged-target/article_f412613b-e144-5fb5-bbfb-2178bbd68821.html

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Pamela RW Kandt

It would be inappropriate to debate this young woman's "guilt or innocence" in this forum. I will say that the University of Wyoming has broadcast grossly erroneous information regarding this case, but now because the victim is a defendant, any defense of her must take place in court and not in the media. As usual, with any sensational news story, there's 90% of the iceberg not seen. I know the young woman and believe she is innocent. The details will come out in court.

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debcharles

I've been following this story as I have a family member on faculty at UW. This was a hoax perpetuated by the so-called victim. http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/01/police-say-28-year-old-undergrad-threatened-herself-with-rape-in-facebook-hoax/

Deb Charles

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Paige Baker

I'm disappointed that no one will publish the actual words that were used. People need to see the REAL threat of violence aimed at this young woman, who, BTW, is already a survivor of sexual assault.

Sadly, this type of threat is all too common. I follow a number of well-known blogs authored by women, and almost all of the bloggers have acknowledged that they *routinely* receive rape and death threats from men who cannot abide the idea that a woman can have an opinion on *anything* and express it in public.

Kudos to Pamela RW Kandt, who called attention to this and who spurred a rapid response from the appropriate authorities. As Ann Fontaine noted on Facebook, Pamela is living proof that one person *can* make a difference!

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