Khloe Kardashian is being blasted by victim’s rights advocates after comparing a security pat down at the airport with rape.
Jazmin Robles a community education coordinator with the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center, told RadarOnline.com that Khloe needs to be educated.
“I think it was an ill-informed thing for her to say, “ Robles said. “It was a very strong comment to make because rape is defined as ‘forceful penetration’ and a lot of young women look up to celebrities like the Kardashians.
“We are all about educating people about rape at our Center and by using the word in this context it blurs the issue as to what it actually constitutes. “Maybe Khloe Kardashian is not educated enough on this subject to be talking about it in the context of airport security.”
High-profile attorney Gloria Allred has been a tireless victims’ rights advocate and told RadarOnline.com that Khloe acted completely inappropriately.
“Rape is a crime of violence,” Allred told RadarOnline.com. “I believe that the word should not be used loosely to describe security measures at airports or at any other place. I think that many victims of sexual assault who have been the true victims of men who committed that violent crime against them and who have been forced to suffer the physical and emotional harm that results from that crime would be insulted that the term would be used in the way that Ms. Kardashian used it.
“Words matter and the word ‘rape’ should be used with caution and with great respect for the victims who have been forced to endure it. It is completely inappropriate to use that word for scans or pat downs at airports.”
Jessica M. Cavey, Communications Specialist for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, tells RadarOnline.com that her group takes exception to using the word rape in this context and Khloe’s comments are insensitive.
“We do take exception to the use of the word ‘rape’ to describe airport security procedures, because that is both unfair to security personnel who have a different purpose for touching people; and it also minimizes the experience of an actual rape, which is a very severe and traumatic form of violence.”