Claim: A teen boy was arrested for masturbating under a law that prohibits ‘self-rape.’
Example: [Collected via email, November 2014]
The national Report is saying that Arizona has a law against masturbation called the ‘self-rape law’. Is this true?
A Phoenix boy is behind bars tonight without bail after his mother called
The article included a quote from Gov. Jan Brewer:
“I applaud the Arizona District court systems here in Phoenix,” Brewer said. “This is exactly why I implemented the state law of ‘
Farther down in the article, another “Paul Horner” made an appearance, this time as a “mascot” for an organization that opposes masturbation:
A mascot for the Christian organization, Fappy The
However, National Report is a fake news site known for publishing
Additionally, Paul Horner is a National Report writer whose name is used as a recurring character in various stories published by the site, including one claiming British street artist Banksy was arrested and
Last updated: 24 November 2014
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