Writer Apologizes for College Newspaper Piece on Rape That Sparked Outrage

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A writer is apologizing for an opinion piece on the virtues of rape that sparked protests at Central Connecticut State University after it appeared in the college newspaper.

John Petroski has circulated an apology to fellow students, saying he is “sorry … very truly sorry.”

“I (messed) up. It was a stupid thing to do and a stupid topic to even tread on, and I apologize to everyone I’ve hurt,” Petroski wrote in an apology obtained by The Herald of New Britain.

“I wasn’t writing this to try and hurt people though,” he wrote. “I was trying to point out that people don’t give a damn about anything in a paper besides something they can rally around. It looks like I succeeded, especially with our front page.

“That doesn’t excuse what I did,” he wrote. “I should have used a much less touchy pseudo-subject to do this with. Like animal rights or something like that … “

The Feb. 7 article in the Recorder, headlined “Rape Only Hurts If You Fight It,” argues that rape has been a positive force in western civilization and benefits “ugly women.”

About 100 students rallied in protest at the school Thursday and called for the resignations of Petroski and the newspaper’s editor, Mark Rowan.

Rowan said the article was “a lapse of judgment … that does not represent the newspaper.”

Internet bloggers have also criticized Petroski, Rowan and The Recorder.

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