Kentucky State Police (KSP) are being accused of using the Super Bowl as a platform to joke about anal rape in their prisons. Although long denied by the Department of Corrections, apparently there is some truth to the rumors that men are being raped left and right in Kentucky prisons simply by the acknowledgement of these officers.
The Courier-Journal reports that the KSP “made a joke Sunday about anal rape in an anti-drunk driving tweet tied to the Super Bowl.”
“Enjoy watching Rob Gronkowski (TE) play but if you drink & drive … your tight end may end up in jail!” the tweet said.
A slow-motion gif of a bar of soap hitting the ground was attached with the implications “don’t drop the soap,” a crude reference to an inmate making himself vulnerable to anal rape.
Kentucky State Police spokesman, Bernis Napier, declined to comment on the police department’s actions. The social media is account is reported to have more than 50,000 followers. The police deparmtent later deleted the tweet and issued a statement.
“The Kentucky State Police apologizes for the inappropriate tweet that appeared on our Twitter feed earlier tonight,” the statement said. “Making light of sexual assault is never acceptable, and we apologize for the distress this tweet caused, particularly to the victims of these heinous crimes. KSP is committed to protecting against sexual assault and fighting for justice for victims. This tweet – made by an individual employee – does not represent KSP or our mission.”
Rape allegations run rampant in prisons around the country including in Kentucky. In a letter to the commissioner of the Department of Corrections dated Sept. of 2017, KSP Maj. Fred Williams said their agency is trained to investigate instances of rape in their facilities.
“The Kentucky State Police investigates allegations of criminal sexual abuse when requested by Kentucky Department of Corrections facilities,” the memo said. “All KSP troopers receive training in sexual abuse investigations during basic training at the State Police Academy… ”
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes posted to Twitter in response KSP’s post.
“Rape & sexual assault are not joking matters. Citizens expect & deserve better law enforcement,” Grimes said in the tweet. “An apology to victims everywhere from @kystatepolice is needed.”
Since the posting and resulting criticism, KSP issued an apology on their Twitter page, claiming that the tweet was “made by an individual” and “does not represent KSP”.
The statement read: “Making light of sexual assault in never acceptable, and we apologize for the distress this tweet caused, particularly to the victims of these heinous crimes,” the statement said. “KSP is committed to protecting against sexual assault and fighting for justice for victims.”
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