July 12, 2016

STATEMENT: Showtime Episode Depicts Rape of a Male as “Funny”

Statement by Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of NCOSE


Washington, DC – July 10, 2016, the Showtime series Roadies depicted the drugged sexual assault of a man by a woman. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) denounces this scene for normalizing male sexual abuse as humorous.

“If this scene depicted a drugged woman being sexually assaulted by a man, there would be a public outcry” said Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. “But because Roadies portrayed a man being drugged, and then raped by a woman, it is considered comedic relief. The sexual abuse of boys and men is an underreported phenomenon in America today partly because of media depictions like this that send the message, “Male rape doesn’t matter.” According to the Department of Justice, one in ten rape victims are male. These victims can no longer be ignored, or labeled as “lucky” for unwanted sexual contact. I am calling on the creators of Roadies to issue a formal apology, and to make it clear that lack of sexual consent is not laughing matter.”

National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Founded in 1962, National Center on Sexual Exploitation is the leading national organization opposing pornography by highlighting the links to sex trafficking, violence against women, child abuse, addiction and more. The organization changed its name from Morality In Media to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation early in 2015 to better describe the organization’s scope and mission, which is to expose the seamless connection between all forms of sexual exploitation.

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