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Tattoo shop faces backlash after posting ‘rape kit’ given as holiday gift

A Salt Lake City tattoo shop is reeling after its owner posted a disturbing image of a "rape kit" given during a white elephant gift exchange. 

The "kit" included duct tape, a knife, rope and black gloves. The caption of the photo posted last week read: "Dakota made a rape kit for White elephant," followed by three laughing emojis.          

Since the post, Salt City Tattoo's social media accounts have been inundated with comments. The shop's Facebook page was taken down and the shop's owner, David May, posted two apology letters to Instagram.          

"I would like to sincerely apologize for the post ... We do not advocate or find rape to be a joking matter."

He said the shop's white elephant gift exchange was meant to include "prank/offensive gifts that were never meant to be taken seriously."         

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The worker who gave the gift, Dakota Case, was fired, according to the Instagram account.

Last year, the shop offered free tattoos to raise money for Utah's Rape Recovery Center, Salt Lake City-based television station KSL reported.  

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