PA Coalition Against Rape Protests B101's Refusal To Air PSA
May 26, 2010 at 4:21 AM (PT)
The PENNSYLVANIA COALITION AGAINST RAPE has issued a press release urging public protest against JERRY LEE's AC WBEB (B101)/PHILADELPHIA for rejecting the group's PSA. The PCAR said that the station's GM BLAISE HOWARD rejected the 30-second PSA for the "HERO PROJECT" campaign, offering to air the spot only if the word "rape" was removed from the name of the organization and if the term "child sexual abuse" was changed to "child abuse." The group alleged that HOWARD said B101 does not take "explicit ads" because it is a "straight-laced company."
"Child sexual abuse is not about sexuality," said PCAR Executive Director DELILAH RUMBURG. "It's about violence to our children. If the station doesn't believe its listeners could handle hearing words about abuse, imagine what child victims of sexual abuse are experiencing.
"We believe that our message is important to Pennsylvanians. All we are trying to do is get information out to the public that there is help and healing for survivors and their families. We don't feel that modifying the language is an acceptable compromise. The station is asking us to censor information that could actually help their listeners. Their decision is appalling and perpetuates the veil of silence that continues to hurt victims in need of help."
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