March 4, 2013 – Katie Ray-Jones, President of the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) and the National Dating Abuse Helpline (NDAH) issued a statement today regarding t-shirts offered for sale by the company, Solid Gold Bomb on Amazon’s UK website. The t-shirts that were available for sale up until last week read, “Keep Calm and Rape On” and “Keep Calm and Hit Her.” The founder of the company that offered the shirts for sale has expressed his apologies and has accepted responsibility for the computer error he created that ultimately resulted in the offensive t-shirts available for sale on Amazon. You can see the founder’s apology at
www.solidgoldbomb.com. The t-shirt options have been removed from the company’s website and all Amazon channels worldwide.
“Every day, we receive approximately 600 calls from men and women in crisis. Intimate partner violence affects nearly one in every
four women and one in every seven men. It is never okay and it should never be trivialized. We are, therefore, encouraged by the level of outrage expressed by the global community over the potential sale of these offensive t-shirts. We are glad none were ever sold. The founder of the company whose admitted carelessness resulted in the generation of the slogans has expressed his sincere apologies for his mistake. We are satisfied by his apology and efforts by the company and Amazon to swiftly correct the issue by removing the t-shirts for sale on all channels worldwide.” - Katie Ray-Jones, President of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and National Dating Abuse Helpline.
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