Statement on Return of ‘Sex Week’ at UT Knoxville

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (January 29, 2014) —David Fowler, president of The Family Action Council of Tennessee, issued this statement regarding the return of “Sex Week” at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. His remarks address the relationship of promoting unbounded promiscuity as a means to stop acts of rape and violence on college campuses.

Fowler stated:

Commentator Kathleen Parker once wrote in a column her thoughts on controversial new research regarding rape: “For the past couple of decades, we’ve been taught that rape is an act of violence, the ultimate expression of male power (usually) over female fragility.  Now, new controversial research posits another view–that rape is a biological, evolved sexual behavior, perhaps expressed and supported through violence, but not only a violent act.”

Whether rape is an act of violence or a violent non-consensual sexual act is for theorists to explore, but whatever you call it, it is wrong. But at the University of Tennessee it seems that the cure for “sexual violence” on campus is to promote more sex and in every way possible through a disgusting array of programs comprising Sex Week.

If ever there were a rationalization for promoting unbounded promiscuity, this is it.  If what the students want to stop are acts of violence, then promoting more sex isn’t addressing the issue of violence.  If what the students want to stop is sexual violence, then it seems that trivializing the sexual act and encouraging an ethos of no-boundaries sexuality encourages a thirst for sex that some will even use violence to quench.  Either way, Sex Week at the University of Tennessee is not truly an educational event targeted at a very real problem.

The Family Action Council of Tennessee, which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on the family. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values the traditional family, for the sake of the common good. For more information, visit