Pro-Rape Graffiti Message Scrawled Across Texas A&M Plaza

A cringe-worthy pro-rape message targeting a former politician was grafitti'd across a popular Texas A&M University plaza early this morning before it was covered with an A&M banner. "Rape is inevitable. May as well enjoy it," the message read.

The vandals attributed the statement to Texas A&M alum and former Republican candidate for Texas governor Clayton Williams, with arrows pointing to the campus alumni building named after him, just across from the Haynes Ring Plaza.

Williams, who lost his bid for governor to Ann Richards in 1990, made waves after suggesting that victims should just "relax and enjoy" being raped; he was speaking to reporters on his West Texas ranch as a storm rolled in. According to a 1990 account of his divisive comments in The New York Times, "He compared the cold, foggy weather spoiling the event to a rape, telling ranch hands, campaign workers and reporters around a campfire, ''If it's inevitable, just relax and enjoy it.''

Williams said it was a joke and apologized "if anyone is offended."

Texas A&M Police were not immediately available for comment about the incident. The Eagle reported that Texas A&M employees first noticed the message around 7:30 a.m., and that footage of a group spray-painting the message caught them around 3:50 a.m. that morning.

Vice President of the Association of Former Students Kathryn Greenwade told The Eagle the vandalism was expected to be taken care of before an event on the grounds this Friday.


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