Former Buncombe County Republican Party chair Chad Nesbitt announced today on WWNC radio’s “The Matt Mittan Show” that he’s planning an Aug. 28 rally in downtown Asheville to protest the Aug. 21 GoTopless rally. He said the rally will be held at 2 p.m. in Pack Square Park and invited the public to attend.
Nesbitt and former Asheville City Council member Carl Mumpower filed a complaint with the Buncombe County Department of Social Services on Aug. 23 alleging that the GoTopless rally amounted to “child sexual abuse.” Organizers of that rally encouraged participating women to “exercise their right to be topless in public.” Several dozen women exercised that right, and hundreds of others attended.
In the radio interview with Matt Mittan, Nesbitt said several children were in attendance and accused their parents of abusive behavior for exposing them to nudity. In a letter sent to Buncombe DSS, Mumpower also charged that the City of Asheville, the Asheville Police Department and the Asheville Citizen-Times were complicit in child abuse for allowing and promoting the event.
Meanwhile, city and police officials maintain that the event was legal, as is being topless.
Nesbitt and Mumpower urged DSS to investigate. Asked about the matter, Tammy Shook, social work program administrator, told the Citizen-Times that, by law, the agency can’t comment on reports of child abuse.