What happened to facts and common sense?
Over the past couple of months, comments have been made regarding rape. Words have been used like “legitimate rape” and “easy rape”, to define the heinous act.
The truth is, rape is rape.
To understand ones pain you have to either experience the same trauma or bend to the fact that one will not fully comprehend and offer your full support.
Recently, comments were made about rape that has upset many people.
Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, made comments about pregnancy and rape that provoked anger in many. Mr. Todd Akin said pregnancy from rape was “really rare” because “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] are really rare,” and “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
He has come forward apologizing, stating that he misspoke, and used his words in the wrong way.
Richard Murdock said during a debate with his opponent, Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly, that if a pregnancy results from rape, it is “Something that God intended to happen.” He too stated that his comments were “twisted”.
GOP Senate hopeful Tom Smith compared out of wed lock pregnancy with rape.
Roger Rivard, a Wisconsin Legislator drew criticism over his “Some girls rape easy” remarks.
Comments like these prove why men alone shouldn’t be making decisions about women’s issues.
Rape is an act that shouldn’t be ignored or downplayed. We don’t have to hush up and keep silent, nor do we have to be afraid to talk about it. Rape happens more often than you think and it can affect anybody. Even if it makes you feel uncomfortable, knowledge is power.
Let’s take a closer look at the facts.
According to a 1996 article in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, “among adult women an estimated 32,101 pregnancies result from rape each year.”
Reactions and disorders developed by victims of rape: Major Depressive Disorder, Anger, Shame and Guilt, Social Problems, Sexual Problems, Alcohol and Drug use, PTSD
The Number of victims that immolated themselves after being raped in a 48 hr period: 2
State in which a rape victim was requested to show Google search history to prove that she was unsure if she was raped: Oregon
State in which a judge banned the word “rape” from his courtroom: Nebraska
The number of victims 12 or older who experience rape in 2010: 188,380
The estimated percent of woman that were raped while attending an American College: 11.5%
Percentage of men who are victims of rape: 3%
Percentage of men who reported they were sexually abused before the age of 18: 14.2%
Percentage of American woman that were raped: 14.8%
Neither I nor anyone close to me has experience rape, but if a tragedy was to occur, I wouldn’t want any grey areas to define what happened. To state that it was legitimate or not, if someone was asking for it, or that some are easy to rape is appalling and add to that the ignorance regarding pregnancy from rape. I for one am the last person to understand how the female body works, but I don’t, for one second think that a female body will differentiate between a rapist sperm or a consensual partners sperm. I’m pretty sure that the body won’t think “this rape is legitimate, so let’s not fertilize the egg”. You can’t wish away pregnancy. You can hope it won’t happen. I’m certain there is no trigger to stop a woman from becoming pregnant. If this was true, there would be less teen pregnancy.
I am not endorsing or opposing any political party. My point is that this backward thinking should not entertained.
If you have experience sexual assault now or in the past, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Please stay informed.