A student at the University of Wyoming has been charged with interference with a police investigation after she allegedly posted on an anonymous social media page that she would like to engage in angry sexual intercourse with someone named “Meg Lanker Simons.”
The University of Wyoming Police Department now says the posting was a hoax written by — wait for it — Meghan Lanker-Simons.
The kerfuffle began on April 24 when an anonymous posting was made to a Facebook page called UW Crushes. The page, which has since been removed from Facebook, was a forum for students to confess their desires for each other in secret. (Such pages are common on campuses all over the country.)
Here is the anonymous posting which campus police have concluded was penned by Lanker-Simons:
“I want to hatefuck Meg Lanker Simons so hard. That chick runs her liberal mouth all the time and doesn’t care who knows it. I think its so hot and makes me angry. One night with me and shes gonna be a good Republican bitch.”
Grammar errors are preserved for posterity.
Defenders of Lanker-Simons responded to the post. One of them appears to be her husband.
Lanker-Simons herself also chimed in, saying, “Actually, I want this to stay up. This is disgusting, misogynistic, and apparently something the admins of this page think is a perfectly acceptable sentiment.”
She added, “Even if it’s taken down, I’m left to wonder if there’s someone out there with a violent fantasy about me — and likely other women.”
The website Urbandictionary.com helpfully defines ”hatefuck” as a verb meaning “to have sex, especially in a rough manner, with someone who one finds physically attractive but personally loathsome.”
At least one rally in support of Lanker-Simons ensued with signs declaring that “rape threats are not a joke” and the like. Lanker-Simons spoke at the event and denounced the anonymous UW Crushes poster, according to local radio station KOWB.
One rally organizer, Amy Pauli, alleged that some kind of menacing “rape culture” plagues the University of Wyoming campus.
“It’s not just about the page. It’s about the way rape culture becomes fostered among students,” Paul told KOWB.
Megan Selheim, who is employed by the University of Wyoming as a STOP Violence Coordinator, egged on the protesters.
“I think sometimes we feel when we challenge rape culture, when we feel like we’ve been targeted, we feel alone and feel like we’re in the minority,” she said according to KOWB. “I am just so grateful to see all of these people here who are rallying around this issue because it proves that you’re not alone.”
Police investigated the incident. By Monday, they had collected “substantial evidence” and determined that the posting was a hoax perpetrated by Lanker-Simons on her personal computer while it was in her possession.