Quick quiz: You are a radio host. A 14 year old girl has just told you live on air she was raped when she was 12. What is your response?
- “Did I hear you correctly – did you say you were raped? I’m sorry, this is a very serious matter, we’re going to play a song while we look into this off-air. Obviously an allegation of rape is a serious one that should be investigated by police”; or
- “Right … is that the only experience you’ve had?”
If you selected the second option, then congratulations! You could be a host on 2Day FM!
Special bonus round: if someone suggests a segment in which mothers can drag their teenage daughters on the air and interrogate them about their private lives, how would you respond?
- “Are you kidding? I’m not a monster! Let’s do something that’s not insanely cruel!” – or
- “Great! Sounds like fun – for us! Ha ha!”
If you selected the second option, then your future in radio is assured.
UPDATE: The recording (helpfully archived by News Ltd here) gives a taste of the awfulness and sheer lack of human compassion (for a child, no less) at the beginning of the incident, long before the rape allegation “surprised” the hosts:
Jackie O: Alright, we have her hooked up (laughs) to the lie detector…
Kyle Sandilands: awww.
Jackie O: She’s not happy! (laughs)
Kyle Sandilands: How are you, Rachel?
Child: I’m scared! It’s not fair!
Jackie O: It wouldn’t be fair on any kid, I tell you, I sympathise with you
Kyle Sandilands: Is that true, Charles?
Lie detector bloke: That is true.
Kyle Sandilands: She is scared everyone, yeah.
Jackie O: Yeah. Mum, you have a series of questions you’re going to ask your daughter…