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Department Store pulls ‘Snuggle with a Struggle’ T-shirt

Facebook Screenshot: karen Kunawicz
Facebook Screenshot:
karen Kunawicz

Imagine going to the store to buy clothes for your kids when you see a t-shirt in the boy’s department that reads ‘It’s not rape, It’s a snuggle with a struggle.’ Writer Karen Kunawicz says that’s what happened to her.

Kunawicz was shopping at the SM Supermall in the Philippines. She was so disgusted she took a photo of the t-shirt and posted it on her Facebook page on Sept. 22, and then it went viral. I don’t know if the t-shirts have made it to any stores in the U.S., but the fact that such a piece of clothing exists is unbelievable.

The issue got the attention of the head honchos at the SM Corporate offices in Manila.  They pulled the t-shirt off the shelves and issued a statement. Company officials did not apologize, but said “We do not tolerate such action. SM does not support such irresponsible and malicious acts that mock important and sensitive social issues….”


Screenshot: Facebook
Screenshot: Facebook

photo courtesy: cafepress.comRAPE IS NEVER A JOKE

I’ve covered dozens of rape stories as a reporter. I’ve been in several courtrooms when the victims had to face their attackers.  I know many women and children today who live with the terrible experience of being sexually assaulted.

Did you know that one in 5 women in the U.S. have been raped, and 78 percent of female rape victims were first raped before they were 25-years-old? Those are the facts from the Centers for Disease Control. Also, 2 percent of men have been sexually assaulted.

Now that the SM Corporate bosses have removed the nasty t-shirts from their stores, I hope they replace the t-shirts with ones with strong messages that bring awareness to the issue.  How about ones that read “No means No” or “This is NOT asking For It.”

It’s a start, don’t you think?




Journalism is my life. I've been a reporter for 36 years. My office is the world. During my career I have been honored with 50 journalism awards and nominations. I'm also an Emmy-nominated TV commentator. I'm currently the VP of Programs for SPJ Fort Worth Chapter. I'm also the former VP of Online for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

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