FEMA Rape Reference: 'No Doesn't Always Mean No'

You think FEMA might not want to bring any more attention to itself, but an article on its website has managed to cause yet another controversy for the federal agency.

The post, titled "No Doesn’t Always Mean No - Appealing a FEMA Assistance Denial Decision," has drawn criticism for its play on a term that usually applies to date rape prevention. The term "No Means No" is widely used on college campuses and in sexual education classes across the country.

A tweet from the agency's official Twitter account repeated the comment. See the tweet below.

The tweet was "poorly phrased, IMO," one user wrote. Mother Jones co-editor Clara Jeffery mused, "Daniel Tosh taken over?"

The FEMA article has nothing to do with sexual assault, but instead details instructions for how to apply for aid if you've already been denied assistance. It was written by Director Of Public Affairs Lars Anderson.

FEMA came under fire in 2005 for its slow response to Hurricane Katrina. During Hurricane Sandy, the federal agency was much quicker to provide aid to those affected by the storm.

Here's the tweet:


UPDATE: FEMA deleted the tweet and apologized on Saturday, tweeting, "Apologies to anyone we offended w/ this tweet … our intent was to inform survivors of disaster assistance process." The title of the article was also changed to "Appealing a FEMA Assistance Denial Decision."

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