The man who allegedly inspired Dean Saxton IV to adopt extremist religious views spoke highly of his now infamous “You deserve rape” sign.
“I have often said on campus, ‘You girls in your immodest scanty attire are asking for it. You might as well have a sign on your back saying, ‘Rape me! Rape me! Rape me!'” Jed Smock of Campus Ministry USA wrote Sunday on his Facebook page. “Brother Dean IV at the Universality of Arizona has put this admonition in even stronger terms with his sign, ‘You Deserve Rape.'”
“Dean is not advocating rape; he is trying to discourage rape by shaming girls into dressing in a manner which will not stir up the passions of men lacking in self-control,” he added. “He is challenging women to not be in places where they ought not to be such as parading in the streets and bars at night, especially unescorted. It’s as simple as making sure to lock your possessions in high crime areas. If you do not, then you are asking to be robbed. Of course, that does not justify the thief; he has still committed a crime.”
Saxton, a junior at the University of Arizona, told The Daily Wildcat that the extremist Christian was the reason he began his aggressive open-air preaching.
Brother Jed, as he is known, visits college campuses to deliver fire-and-brimstone style sermons. Unlike the Westboro Baptist Church, which promotes many of the same extreme views, Brother Jed is often a source of amusement and mockery rather than a source of outrage. Students regularly pose with him for pictures, as if he were a theme-park character.
But no one was amused by his protege’s recent assertion that women who wear shorts or join a sorority deserve to get raped. Nevertheless, Brother Jed predictably agreed with Saxton wholeheartedly.
“Lusty hussies think that they can flaunt their stuff in the face of the public without consequences,” he concluded. “Brother Dean audaciously stated the obvious, ‘The Emperor has no clothes!’ Consequently, all Hell has been stirred up against him.”
The Women’s Interests Collaborative at the University of Arizona plans to hold a “You Deserve” demonstration on Tuesday to counteract the recent attention provided to Saxton.