Gov. Patrick Calls @MassGov Sexual Assault Tweet ‘Stupid’

A screenshot of the @MassGov tweet.
A screenshot of the @MassGov tweet. –Twitter

The official Twitter account of the Massachusetts State Government website posted an apology from its director Thursday after the account tweeted that “sexual assault is always avoidable.’’

That original message prompted an angry backlash on the social networking site, with many calling for the post to be deleted.

Gov. Deval Patrick told Fox 25 the tweet “was stupid.’’

Kula also later posted a longer-form apology on the blog.

“Having spoken with the author this morning, it is clear there was no malicious intent behind the tweet; the tweet inaccurately summarized the content in the linked-to blog post, which discussed services available for victims of sexual assault,’’ Kula wrote.


“The tweet author agrees that perpetrators of sexual assault are always at fault, and it was never the author’s intent to blame victims for crimes perpetrated.’’

The author has agreed to participate in sexual assault awareness training, the post says.

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