Australian PM Weighs In On Teen Radio Rape Revelation Incident
July 31, 2009 at 4:54 AM (PT)
The incident in which AUSTEREO Top 40 2DAY FM/SYDNEY morning hosts KYLE SANDILANDS and JACKIE O elicited the revelation from a 14-year-old girl that she had been raped has drawn criticism from the Prime Minister of AUSTRALIA, KEVIN RUDD.
"This is really off. It's wrong, shouldn't be done," RUDD said on the FAIRFAX RADIO NETWORK on FRIDAY. "This is a young girl and I am, as I think most Australians are, really distressed at the way in which the young person has been treated in this way." However, he said that AUSTEREO should make the final decision as to whether the hosts should be fired, saying, "It's entirely right for the program presenters to apologize, it's right to do so. What happens beyond that is a matter for the company."
The incident on WEDNESDAY's show involved a bit in which a mother had her daughter strapped into a fake polygraph while being grilled on topics like drugs, sex, and school. The 14-year-old girl was asked about sex, and she responded by saying "Oh, OK, I got raped when I was 12 years old." SANDILANDS followed up by asking the girl if the rape was "the only experience you've had."
The broadcast has drawn widespread demands for the hosts' firing; an apology has been aired and SANDILANDS will continue as a judge on "AUSTRALIAN IDOL" this season. The AUSTRALIAN MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY is presently directing complainants to contact the station directy but says it will investigate if the complainants are not satisfied with the station's response.