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Pot activist claims comments about alcohol and rape were taken out of context

Last Updated Dec 18, 2016 at 3:16 pm PDT

Jodie Emery

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Marijuana activist Jodie Emery is fighting back against critics who say she claimed that alcohol causes rape.

While appearing on the Maclean’s On The Hill podcast, Emery is quoted as saying “Marijuana is not like alcohol, which causes rape, violence, murder, death and disease.”

Emery now says her comments were taken out of context, before admitting that she’d been a victim of sexual assault herself.

“Alcohol causes people to behave in ways they’re not supposed to,” she said.

“It’s sad that you think that many – all – of the sexual assault perpetrators across this country are actual monsters and rapists just using alcohol as an excuse,” she continued.

But women’s rights and anti-harassment advocate Julie Lalonde said Emery’s comments are absurd, risky and wrong.

“You talk to survivors of sexual violence and the vast majority of them will find that deeply offensive and they will say you are enabling sexual assault by saying that,” she said.

Lalonde adds comments like those are dangerous because they try to normalize and excuse sexual assault.

“There’s a difference between arguing that people who commit sexual violence can be rehabilitated and become members of our community and saying these are all innocent men who meant no harm to women, they just got drunk and, ‘Oops, I raped somebody.’ That is dangerous, dangerous thinking,” she explained.

Lalonde added that she supports the legalization of marijuana and said she is sad Emery would use this type of language to try and argue that.