The new LaGuer ad asks at the end:
Have you ever heard a woman compliment a rapist?
Well, let’s see … hey, you know, I actually have!
In all of my contact with him, he has never expressed the sort of misogyny, hatred or rage that might suggest that On the contrary; he has always seemed comfortable with and respectful toward women. Indeed, he may be one of the few feminists incarcerated in a male prison. Abbe Smith, Associate Director, Georgetown University Law Center.
Mr. LaGuer has proven himself over many years to be a person of superb moral character, Lucy E Reyes, President, Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys….
I have often listened to Mr. Mandela of South Africa and wondered how he could have spent half of his life in jail and come out of that experience with so little bitterness. I feel I hear that same spirit from Ben LaGuer, Sheila Dector, Regional Director, American Jewish Congress….
For years, Benjamin LaGuer has steadfastly maintained his innocence, even when such a position has kept him in prison. He has conducted himself with honor and he has never lost hope, Dianne Williamson, columnist, Worcester Telegram and Gazette….
As a woman who herself is the victim of a violent crime… I am not one to have sympathy for men who do us violence. I have had to look through my own pain to see the truth of Mr. LaGuers situation, Stacy Amaral….
I believe Ben LaGuer deserves a second chance, and I dont even like Puerto Ricans, quoting from an anonymous woman caller to the WGBHs viewer response telephone line….
The case of Ben LaGuer offers the state of Massachusetts the opportunity to send a powerful message, Sally Greenberg, Civil Rights Director of Eastern States, Anti-Defamation League.
So for Kerry Healey to suggest that no woman would ever be caught dead uttering words of praise for someone who was once convicted of rape, well, that’s just not so. Ask Mss. Smith, Reyes, Dector, Williamson, Amaral, and Greenberg.