A group led by one Ivy Prosper under the link chang.org has launched a petition to gather 15 thousand (15,000) signatures to ban Cyril George Carstensen Lutterodt, popularly known as Counselor Lutterodt, from TV & Radio in the country.
As at the time of writing this, Eleven Thousand One Hundred and Twenty-Six (11,126) Ghanaians have signed the petition which is expected to be presented to the Ministry of Communication, National Communications Authority, all Media Outlets in the country and the Ghana Psychology Council.
The petition against the controversial Ghanaian marriage counselor had been necessitated by some unpleasant comments he was reported to have made concerning victims of rape.
A statement accompanying the petition said Counselor Lutterodt, in an interview on Adom TV, noted that he feels rape victims enjoy the act of being raped and continuously justify that belief subsequently.
“This type of statement to a national audience on television only promotes rape culture. George Lutterodt is a ‘rape apologist’ who justifies the aggression of rape and sees no consequences in the act,” the statement said.
The petition is therefore to be presented to all media outlets in the country to stop giving Counselor George Lutterodt a platform to spread his damaging message to the masses.
“We implore the media houses, newspapers, online sites, radio stations to ban him from future appearances on TV and Radio stations”.
The group described as a shame, the media’s unvarying tolerance for the promotion of such abominable act like rape on its platforms by the counselor adding that women and girls were the most affected victims of rape.
Profile of Cyril George Carstensen Lutterodt (Counselor Lutterodt)
Cyril George Carstensen Lutterodt, popularly known as Counselor Lutterodt, is a Ghanaian marriage counselor who comes from Osu in the Greater Accra Region.
He holds a tertiary degree from the Accra Polytechnic now Accra Technical University where he studied Electrical Engineering.
The counselor also holds a Biomedical Clinical Technical degree from Southern Medical University in China
Public Backlash over previous comments
The controversial loudmouth counselor has often come under public attacks over certain comments made in the media, especially, concerning women but the years of backlash and public outcry over his behavior seem not to be yielding any result.
The Ghana Psychology Council has, however, indicated that the controversial man had no license to practice as a counselor in the country.
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This is a quote from a self professed ‘counsellor’ George Lutterodt from Ghana on a television show yesterday. (The quote is around the 2:13 mark in the video) He goes on to say that rape victims enjoy being raped regardless of their unwillingness in beginning of an act of rape. Something that any real professional counsellor and expert will discredit. This is highly irresponsible and a very dangerous rhetoric that fuels sexual violence and rape culture. He claims he has spoken to ‘many rape victims’ and his assertions are based on that. Well, Lutterot, tell me how much a 6 year girl enjoys the act of being raped? Or how a 9 years boy enjoys being sexually assaulted? Or how a 21 year old enjoys being held down against her will and raped by a group of guys? Or how a 70 year old woman enjoys being raped? These are just some of the real cases of actual rape victims. This man Lutterot is a rape apologist simple. One of the worse I have seen because he masquerades with the title of ‘counsellor’ to essentially justify and normalise rape culture with a reprehensible statement that ‘all victims of rape enjoy the act’. This perpetuates victim blaming and trivialises what rape survivors go through. His comments are deplorable, especially at a time in Ghana, and beyond when so many people are advocating for victims of rape and sexual assault in their fight for justice. Over 10,000 people have signed and continue to sign the petition to the President of Ghana to abolish fees medical examination for victims. (Link in Bio) http://chng.it/j6wX9TpF PS. I don’t know who the other gentleman in the video is, but I applaud him for countering the assertions made by that man. Any media organisation that continues to give this man a platform to spew such misinformation is culpable. The worst thing is that he is not even a registered counsellor yet these media organisation in Ghana continue to give him a platform. This has to stop. Video Source: Adomonline