Chicago Women`s Groups and UNITE HERE Demand UFC and Fox Drop Main Card Fighter Over "How to" Rape Video

Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:46am EST

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Advocacy groups call on the UFC and FOX to pull fighter "Rampage" Jackson from
Saturday fight at the United Center and Enforce a Meaningful Code of Conduct
that Respects Women
CHICAGO--(Business Wire)--
Today, Chicago women, local groups and national organizations sent a letter to
the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), FOX executives, and UFC sponsors
demanding the cage fighting franchise and television network immediately drop
UFC light heavyweight Quinton "Rampage" Jackson from the Saturday January 26,
2013 UFC on FOX fight for repeatedly denigrating women, including female
reporters, and posting a video last year in which he makes light of sexual
assault by pretending to rape a woman in a parking garage. To view the letter,
click here. 

The video, entitled "How to Pick Up a Gurl…Fast," was posted on YouTube last
April. In the video, Jackson pretends to attempt to rape a woman, telling
viewers to use chloroform to "help her relax," and buy zip ties. At one point
Jackson states that he hopes his target "got low self-esteem." 

According to the letter: "The UFC must begin holding its fighters accountable
for their actions and adopt a meaningful code of conduct…The behavior of Rampage
Jackson, UFC President Dana White and other UFC fighters is unacceptable.
Misogynistic and sexist behavior can no longer be tolerated in the UFC." 

Representatives from the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence,
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, Illinois Coalition Against
Domestic Violence, Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Rape Victims
Advocates, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, Between Friends, Chicago Metropolitan
Battered Women`s Network, and Mujeres Latinas en Acción, along with seven clergy
leaders from the Chicagoland area including Father Clete Kiley from the
Archdiocese of Chicago, the 8th Day Center for Justice, 20 professors and staff
from seven Chicagoland area universities, and labor union UNITE HERE signed the
letter calling on the UFC and FOX to immediately pull Jackson from the event.

The UFC has not issued an official discipline of Jackson nor issued a public
statement about Jackson`s offensive and inappropriate video. Rather than punish
Jackson, the UFC scheduled Jackson to fight at the United Center on Saturday. 

Because irresponsible remarks and actions in the UFC do not end with Jackson
(, the women`s groups and other organizations are also
demanding the UFC adopt and enforce a meaningful code of conduct. 

"This is truly appalling and undermines the work we do every day," says
Athanasia Papaioannou, Assistant Director of the University of Illinois Chicago
Women`s Leadership and Resource Center.

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