Alleged Author of Fake Rape Threat Deletes Think Progress Honored Website
A student who faked a threat of rape against herself has now deleted her award-winning left-wing website.
Meg Lanker-Simons is a University of Wyoming student and
award-winning left-wing blogger. Last week an anonymous individual
posted a politically-tinged threat of rape against Lanker-Simons on an
independent Facebook page called UW crushes.
Lanker-Simons responded to the apparent threat with an outraged
comment calling it "disgusting" and "misogynistic." She described the
author as a "creeper" and added "Even if it's taken down, I'm left to
wonder if there's someone out there with a violent fantasy about me--and
likely other women." This was followed by a recommendation that the
author of the hateful threat "get some help" from the "UW counseling
The UW Crushes Facebook page, where students had anonymously vented their crushes on other UW students, was taken down.
The creators of the site apologized and indicated that, because of the
class workload of the students who set it up, not every post was read
before publication. In all, the offensive threat was up for about 8
Despite the post being taken down, anger on campus continued to
build. Over the weekend a rally against "rape culture" was organized in
which Lanker-Simons took part. Event organizer Amy Paulie told local
news station KOWB that the goal was to
"raise awareness about the ways that rape culture exists on the UW
campus because there are so many people who say that it doesn't exist,
it's not a problem."
A police investigation of the incident led to an examination (under search warrant) of Lanker-Simons computer. At that point police
"obtained substantial evidence verifying that the offending Facebook
post came from Lanker-Simons’ computer." Lanker-Simons denied the
accusation but was given a citation for making a "false statement" to police. She has now retained an attorney who says she will plead not guilty at her arraignment.
Prior to the current incident, Lanker-Simons was honored by Think Progress for her work "liveblogging the entire GOP primaries."
Her site, Cognitive Dissonance, has apparently been deleted. A link redirects to another site with no information on it.