Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A man who most assume to be a University of Florida student posed wearing a shirt that said "The Rapers" on the front and "Forced Sex University" on the back prior to the Florida State Seminoles taking on the Florida Gators on Saturday.
The Seminoles beat the Gators 37-7 and FSU is now ranked No. 1 in the BCS standings.
The shirt is a reference to Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston's connection to an alleged sexual assault.
After photos of the man, who is rumored to be a member of UF's chapter of Phi Gamma Delta, went viral, student newspaper The Independent Alligator published an editorial about the shirt.
“Low morale isn’t a reason to bring an issue much more serious than football itself into the stadium. What is perhaps more disturbing is how the fan behavior went beyond the ‘rape-jokes-aren’t-funny’ argument.
In this case, a stadium full of students shamed another university because one individual came forward and reported rape to the police. This sends a damaging message to women that victim-blaming is inevitable and could discourage them from coming forward with their stories of rape and sexual assault -- crimes that are grossly underreported in the first place. To the students who participated and were complicit in this behavior, you should take a close look at yourselves. It’s very likely some of the women around you in the stadium were victims of rape and sexual assault, yet you decided to make it a joke under the weak guise of football rivalry.”
Twitter also reacted to the shirt (not always unfavorably):
the "forced sex university" stuff is so disrespectful. rape is nothing to joke about. we beat you florida, get over it— kam (@princesskam20) November 30, 2013
Forced Sex University pic.twitter.com/W1DrmUVOkB— Gator Fans (@GatorsChompAll) December 1, 2013
[Orlando Sentinel] [The Independent Alligator]