It might be really sordid and bad sexual etiquette, but whatever else it is, it is not rape or you bankrupt the term rape of all meaning.George Galloway, Respect Member of Parliament for Bradford West • During a video blog expressing his support for Julian Assange following widespread anger over the Wikileaks founder’s decision to seek political asylum in Ecuador. Galloway’s comments have been widely condemned by fellow British politicians, including Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament Jo Swinson, who told reporters that she couldn’t believe an MP would “be so grossly irresponsible as to suggest that sex without consent is anything other than rape.” source (via • follow)
Dr. Willke is a leading voice within the pro-life community and will be an important surrogate for Governor Romney’s pro-life and pro-family agenda.A statement from the 2008 Mitt Romney presidential campaign • Lauding the endorsement of Mitt Romney by Dr. Jack Willke, the former president of the U.S. National Right to Life Committee, and a vocal advocate of a certain theory about rape and pregnancy that got Rep. Todd Akin in hot water this week. Subsequent to Akin’s big fail on reproductive biology, the Romney campaign of 2012 has gone to great pains distancing itself from the Missouri congressman – Romney himself turned up the heat in the days following the remarks, condemning Akin and urging him to withdraw from his Senate race. As the quote above illustrates, however, the Romney campaign was undeniably pleased to receive the endorsement of Dr. Willkes four years ago, who pioneered his belief that rape victims rarely become pregnant in a book all the way back in 1971. source (via • follow)
martj42 asks: So what is the % of rape victims who get pregnant from the rape?
» SFB says: While definitive statistics for this sort of thing are difficult to come by, they’re not impossible to figure out. An estimate from RAINN puts that number at 5 percent of all victims, on average — a number matched by a 1996 study of the matter. — Ernie @ SFB
It’s made it extremely hard to interact with authority figures. During my tour in Afghanistan, I was a little bit more scared of everything. I can’t work with certain individuals just since they remind me of Staff Sgt. Walker.A reported victim of Staff Sgt. Luis Walker • Discussing how she felt in the months and years after having been sexually assaulted by the Air Force instructor. She was one of five women to speak at his sentencing hearing on Saturday. Walker, convicted of multiple counts of rape and sexual assault, will face 20 years in prison for these crimes. He could have gotten life.
The problem is it’s like when you give something to a child. They’re always going to figure out how they can get away with a little more.South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley • In a written statement, explaining her reasoning for slashing the budget of the state’s rape crisis center. Crisis centers only help a small portion of residents, and distract from the state health department’s goal of providing treatment to all residents of South Carolina according to Governor Haley. ”Being raped is traumatic enough, but having to navigate that system, going to court by yourself, going to the hospital for a really intrusive and painful exam by yourself is horrific,” counters South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault executive director Pam Jacobs, adding, ”Unfortunately, that’s the solution rape victims may be in if this veto is not overridden.” source (via • follow)