A UK lawmaker has reportedly defended his post on Facebook, which allegedly mocked sexually abused women.
State GOP Rep. Kyle Tasker posted the graphic, which features stick figures of a man and women apparently engaged in a sex act, on the Great Nashua (N.H.) Tea Party website.
However, the lawmaker said that the graphic was a T-shirt print and he didn't post it as a joke, Fox News reports.
According to the report, Tasker said that he thought it was pretty ridiculous that someone would wear that around, adding that he had posted that graphic to come to the aid of fellow state GOP Rep. Mark Warden, who last year suggested that some people may like being in abusive relationships.
Tasker said that the intent of his post was to show that Warden's comments should not have offended people, considering others put out more offensive content, such as the graphic.
Meanwhile, Tasker has been roundly criticized by Democrats and Republicans alike, who have called for an apology.
State GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Horn said that Tasker's post was grossly offensive and has no place in public discourse, and she asked for an immediate apology.
New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley said that Tasker has shown a 'disturbing lack of respect' for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, considering 50 percent of New Hampshire homicides are domestic-violence related, the report added.