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Dr. Phil Posts Sexual Assault Tweet, Outraging Twitter Audience

08/21/2013 12:14 am ET | Updated Aug 21, 2013

Television talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw sparked outrage on Twitter Tuesday, and prompted the creation of a Change.org petition after posting a controversial tweet about women consenting to sex while intoxicated.

McGraw, who often questions his Twitter followers about themes for upcoming shows, asked if it was "OK" to have sex with a girl when she's drunk:

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Though the tweet has since been removed from his page, it was up long enough to prompt a great deal of criticism on Twitter.

Carmen Rios, a former college sexual assault activist, started the Change.org petition encouraging supporters to call on McGraw to host a show to educate his viewers on assault prevention:

Even though he took the tweet down, Dr. Phil should of course admit his error in judgement. But he needs to go a step further. I am asking Dr. Phil to produce a show that shines a light on survivors of rape and sexual assault and begin a national conversation about the specifics of consent – which includes not raping people while they are drunk or otherwise unable to consent.

The many people who have survived rape -- not committed -- are the ones who should have a national platform to discuss how we as a society can make sure tragedies like Steubenville never happen again.

The petition had more than 350 supporters on Tuesday evening.

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