A civil lawsuit currently before the courts is trying to determine whether or not a person’s last name is “an act of speech” that perpetuates rape culture.

Lorne Grabher had the personalized licence plate he bought for his father revoked by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles after someone phoned to complain that the plate “GRABHER” incited hatred towards women. Presumably the complainant did not realize at the time that the owner’s vanity plate was actually their Austrian-German surname.