Beauty Queen and friend of the Morning Show, Shannon Anderson was horrified at Tweeted statements from singer Cee Lo Green about what he thought should be considered rape. With her permission, we've reprinted it here in it's entirety.

Cee Lo Green temporarily deleted his Twitter account after making comments about rape, saying basically that a person needs to be conscious to have been raped. The following is a response from Ms. Anderson:

I know you've since deleted your Twitter account, but let me go ahead and refresh your memory and remind you of the salacious remarks you posted this past Sunday in regards to your court case.

"People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!"

"If someone is passed out, they aren't even WITH you consciously..."

Let me go ahead and insert the link so you can view your words yourself:

I hate the fact that I stumbled upon your story in the wee hours of last night. I tossed and turned and couldn't sleep after I read it. I attempted to post something several times right after I read it, but I realized I should wait. I really let your words sink into my soul. Into my heart. After almost re-posting the story several times to my personal Facebook page, I deleted it each time. I was reminded of a verse out of the book of James, and it kept creeping up. "Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger." (James 1:19) I knew at this point I was speaking out of anger. My words would not have been kind, and that's just not the way I was raised. I realized very quickly that I was being judgmental about a situation I had no insight into. So, I waited.

I am not here to judge you. I firmly believe only a few truly know what happened the night in 2012 that is in question. You, the woman you were with and God. That's it. It's not up to me, or anyone else, to judge or jump to conclusions based on only knowing what "allegedly" happened. With that said, the minute you took to your public Twitter account and posted your views on rape is the second you made it fair game. Let me make this very clear, as I'm sure there will be those who just skim through this post and fail to read it in its entirety: I am not commenting on your court case. Again, only a select few really know what the circumstances were and what actually happened. I am not in any way, shape or form calling you out as guilty. That's not my place. I am merely going to dive into your (what I believe to be) uneducated views on sexual assault itself. So, let's talk.

I was raped.

And I don't remember.

Does this mean it didn't happen? I've re-read your posts several times and that's precisely what you seem to be telling me. That because I was slipped the date rape drug, Rohypnol, without my knowledge, therefore blacking out for hours on end, only to be gang raped by a group of college kids that I had never're telling me that because I don't remember, that this is all in my head?? Or maybe what you're saying is because I don't remember if I fought it or if I consented to it, that it wasn't rape? You've got to be kidding me. Let's get gritty for a minute. Very rarely do I like to discuss details, but I believe in this situation it's necessary. If you truly believe what you're saying to be accurate; that only people who have been raped remember the event...

Tell that to the bruises found in the shape of handprints between my legs.

Tell that to the girl who lay naked in front of a group of people who were complete strangers.

Tell that to my young, 20 year old self, as she got lost trying to navigate her way back home the morning after.

Tell that to the girl who cried for an hour in the scalding hot shower who attempted to wash the feeling of disgust away.

Tell that to the girl who only had one drink that night and thought she could trust her boyfriend.

Tell that to my parents and close friends and family who scrambled in the weeks following, trying to put the pieces of my life back together.

Tell that to the girl who found herself in the hospital...confused and humiliated.

Tell that to the police officers, doctors, nurses and the rape crisis advocate who counseled me in the days after.

Tell that to the almost 30- year old woman, who still to this day, struggles to fit the puzzle pieces of that night together.

Tell them. Tell her.

Let me make something else crystal clear. I'm not naïve. I realize and understand that some people are in desperate need of attention and validation, and may make accusations against another individual that just aren't true. It happens. But, what I don't think you realize is by making the comments you made, that causes those of us who have actually been assaulted much less likely to report it. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, 1 in every 6 American Women will be a victim of sexual assault. The "Rape Culture" we live in now is not something to be laughed at or brushed aside. This is real. It happens every single day.

I have made it my mission and platform to not only educate others on sexual assault prevention, but also crisis intervention. I am now a certified victim advocate through my local rape crisis center, in addition to completing numerous public speaking opportunities on this exact topic. I'm one of the lucky ones. I survived. But, rest assured, while the physical bruises have been gone for almost ten years, the emotional and mental scars will be there for the rest of my life. Much like the crumbling of a structure during a storm, a body and soul can be rebuilt after such tragedy. But, it will never, ever be the same.

You, sir, are in a great position of power. You reach more people than I can even imagine. You have the ability to make a difference. My hope is that one day, you will realize that we need to be built up, not torn down. Our world sees enough negativity on a daily basis. Instead of posting hurtful and offensive comments, offer some positivity and encouragement. That's what builds character. That's what we need. Make a change for the won't go unnoticed.


Ms. West Texas 2014


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