An Arizona pastor who is infamous for preaching that women “deserve” rape defended his position in a video published on Monday.
In an interview with Vice, University of Arizona student Dean Saxton, who preaches under the name Brother Dean Samuel, explained why he protested outside a documentary about 1998 Miss World Pageant winner and rape survivor Linor Abargil last month.
“She is a beauty pageant contestant and there’s a lot of provocative, you know, seductive pictures of her that she has put out of herself,” he said. “I believe that if she was at home, and if she had kept to her Orthodox Jewishness, that rape would really probably would not have happened.”
During the protest, Saxton held a sign reading, “You Deserve Rape.” And he shouted at women to “give up your immodest clothing” and “yoga pants are sin.”
“One street preacher said, you know, if you dress like it, you act like it, different things like that, you’re asking for it,” he opined to Vice. “Therefore, you deserve rape. And his last three words I felt like were nice, and I decided to put them on a sign, and go to the event.”
“I believe there are certain qualities that may be worthy of rape,” the street preacher added. “If a woman dresses proactively, gets blackout drunk, and is wearing really revealing clothing, then I would say that she is partially responsible for the rape.”
While Vice was filming Saxton, he also preached street sermons lashing out at LGBT people, pornography and evolution.
“The cost that you will have to pay and that anyone else who wants to do this will have to pay is that you won’t have very many friends at all,” he pointed out.
Watch the video below from Vice, broadcast April 5, 2014.
(h/t: The Huffington Post)