- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Syracuse University has suspended its kiss cam from the Carrier Dome lineup after complaints it encourages sexual assault.

The kiss cam did not make its usual appearance on the Jumbotron Saturday as Syracuse took on Central Michigan University, Syracuse.com reported. In explaining its decision, the university’s athletics department cited a letter to the editor published Friday on Syracuse.com that questioned the kiss cam’s appropriateness at a time when universities are at the center of the rape debate.

“We are taking the time to assess the concerns expressed in the letter to the editor. We discussed this with POMCO, the sponsor, and they supported that approach,” said Sue Edson, executive senior associate athletics director for communications.

In the letter to the editor, Steve Port said he witnessed during a Sept. 12 game two women who indicated they didn’t want to be kissed on the kiss cam, Mediaite reported. In both instances, the men nearby kissed them anyway to cheers from the crowd.

“The instances I witnessed at the game encourage and condone sexual assault and a sense of male entitlement, at best. And they are an actual instance of assault, at worst,” Mr. Port wrote. “No one has the right to forcefully touch someone be it a hug, a kiss or a violent rape. I adamantly insist that Syracuse University student government, the chancellor, the athletic director, etc., review what happened last weekend and seriously consider the ramifications of what they are encouraging.”

Some commenters disagreed with Mr. Port’s recollection of the events, while many others agreed its time for the kiss cam to go.

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