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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

When Radio Goes Wrong

This makes me sad.

This story was brought to our attention by a recently graduated WC staff member (Thanks Cass!).

"Kyle and Jackie O’s Lie Detector segment turned to disaster today when a 14-year-old girl - dragged on the 2Day FM radio show by her mother - angrily revealed she had been raped.

The mother then asked her daughter: 'Have you ever had sex?'

The 14-year-old replied: 'I’ve already told you the story about this ... and don’t look at me and smile because it’s not funny.'

After a pause she then raised her voice and said: 'Oh OK … I got raped when I was 12 years old.'

Sandilands hesitated before asking 'Right ... is that the only experience you’ve had?'"

You can read the full story here:

What bothers me is that this whole situation should have never even happened. Why in the hell would you drag your unwilling daughter on a radioshow and ask her about her sex life? According to the article, the mother knew that her daughter had been raped, too.

Sandilands response only makes things worse. Not only does he completely ignore what the young girl says, but he continues to ask about her sexual history. Ugh!

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