Edmonton radio station 630 CHED tweeted what they called a controversial poll Thursday morning, but the controversy that has dogged the station and their Twitter account has been centered around their presentation of the poll itself and the tweet that many online are calling insensitive or a suggestion through their question that women may deserve to be sexually assaulted because of the way they dress or act.
The content of the tweet reads “Poll: It’s very controversial but do you think victims of sexual assaults share any blame for what happens? Vote: bit.ly/1mZsxml” with a link to the poll posted on the radio station’s website.
In the poll’s original form (pictured below) it flatly asked the same question as the tweet with no context.
The poll also doesn’t recognize men or children who are sexually assaulted as victims.
Twitter users, however, were not pleased with the poll and expressed their displeasure.
.@630CHED If your poll is intentional and not a hacked account, I will encourage #abgov to pull all advertising off of your station. #ableg
— Thomas Lukaszuk (@LukaszukMLA) April 10, 2014
. @630CHED @PrairieStorm2 this is so incredibly idiotic, shameful, & problematic -just to get internet traffic. Shame on all of you — LALegault (@LALegault) April 10, 2014
@630ched No, and saying “it’s controversial” first doesn’t make it OK to say this. Horrid. Is murder sometimes the victim’s fault?
— Adam W Young (@a_w_young) April 10, 2014
@630CHED It’s “controversial” like denying the Holocaust is. You vapid, trolling slime. This is part of why victims stay silent. Terrible.
— Tommy Taylor (@TommyTaylor0106) April 10, 2014
@klausfuture @630CHED One of the worst clickbaits I’ve ever seen. Absolutely disgraceful.
— Rae Lemke (@slowseptember) April 10, 2014
@630CHED what a disgrace! You clearly should’ve attended the #yegsecret panel on #rapeculture last night. You have a lot to learn @katma_
— Joelle (@badmaninja) April 10, 2014
The radio station took the criticism and tweeted a follow up.
The poll itself on CHED’s website has since been changed to reflect their inspiration from the panel discussion. YEG is the airport designation for Edmonton International Airport.
Note that the revised poll still fails to recognize men or children as victims of sexual assault.
Program director Syd Smith has not yet responded to our requests for comment at this time.