Lufkin therapist responds to pro-rape group

Lufkin therapist responds to pro-rape group
Source: KTRE Staff (Dr. Debra K. Burton)
Source: KTRE Staff (Dr. Debra K. Burton)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Calling for the legalization of rape is a position likely unheard of ... until now. One man is causing quite the firestorm nationwide after he orchestrated several meet-ups across the country to further spread his message.

"It concerns me because people are vulnerable to this," said Dr. Debra Burton, a licensed professional therapist.

Daryush Valizadeh, who goes by "Roosh," has many across the world in an uproar.

"To me, it's a further breakdown of our social sanctions," Burton said.

Valizadeh is advocating for the legalization of rape on private property. He claims that way women wouldn't put themselves in positions to become victims.

"We have to take a stand. Freedom of speech is important, but when a speech is trying to incite violence and immediate violent actions against our laws of the land, then that's not under the guise of Freedom of speech," Burton said.

And this isn't his first attempt at making a name for himself. He's written 18 self-published books and has been known to shame women. Listen to him take on some women in America.

"They're fat. Fat girls are simply unattractive, so why should you waste time dating a fat chick," Valizadeh said.

It's caused an immense amount of controversy, prompting many to speak out against Valizadeh.

Gov. Abbott weighed in releasing a statement Wednesday saying "This pathetic group and their disgusting viewpoints are not welcome in Texas."

"It's disheartening because he is really dehumanizing and treating women as objects. A person that has no feelings, that his blog is actually for the purpose of teaching men how to pick up a woman, so that they can have sex," Burton said.

"Roosh" was calling for like-minded people to join 165 meet-ups in 43 countries this Saturday, but he canceled amid fear for his own safety.

"When he has threats made, maybe on his safety, now he's canceling these meetings so it's very ironic that there's no focus on the fear that the women would experience, but it's about his fear," Burton said.

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