Recently our news, emails and Facebook have been inundated by comments on rape. It seems our politicians should engage brain before opening mouth. But politicians are not the only ones and I believe we are misdirecting our anger.
"It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." - Todd Akin (R)
April 25, 1988: During an NBC interview with Connie Chung on the subject of stress, Knight utters the now-infamous quote: "I think that if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it." The remark triggers a protest march of about 300 people on the Indiana campus.
Whoopi Goldberg on 43-year-old Roman Polanski raping and sodomizing a 13-year-old girl: "I know it wasn't rape-rape. It was something else but I don't believe it was rape-rape. He went to jail and and [sic] when they let him out he was like "You know what this guy's going to give me a hundred years in jail I'm not staying, so that's why he left."
Bellefonte, Pa. -- The silence of Jerry Sandusky was total. Even after the jury foreman had spoken, finding the former Penn State assistant coach guilty on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual molestation of 10 victims, even as he was being led in handcuffs, out the back door of the Centre County Courthouse, and off to a nearby jail, to spend his first night of the rest of his life as a convicted felon, he never made a noise.
You can get a ring tone for your phone from The Fantasticks’ Rape Song: So why be stingy? It depends on what you pay! The kids will love it. It depends on what you Ra-aa-aa-pe! Ole!
We have every right to be angry with the statement made by Todd Akin. BUT were we just as angry when Bobby Knight said to “relax and enjoy it”? Did you complain to the View about Whoopi Goldberg’s comments? Are you willing to hold your Alma-mater accountable for putting sports over the molestation of our children? Are you mad there are songs that make rape a ringtone?
Misdirected anger! We should be mad because a person of the other political party said something stupid about rape. We should be irate when anyone makes light of rape!
Misdirected anger! The following information was taken from the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network website www.rainn.org
Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted
1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape). 17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape.
1 out of 33 American men have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. 2.78 million American men have been victims of sexual assault or rape.
15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12. 7% of girls in grades 5-8 and 12% of girls in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused. 3% of boys grades 5-8 and 5% of boys in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused. 93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker.
54% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police and 97% of rapists will never spend a day in jail.
Victims of sexual assault are:
- 3 times more likely to suffer from depression.
- 6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
- 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol.
- 26 times more likely to abuse drugs.
- 4 times more likely to contemplate suicide.
Are you mad about the politician’s comments? GOOD. But, if on November 7, 2012, you are no longer mad, then your anger is misdirected. And, if the comments of politicians are the only ones that make you mad, then your anger is misdirected. Your anger - my anger - should be directed toward rape! Rape – period!
LET US PRAY:
O Lord, Today we lift up all who are victims of sexual assault. Surround them with people who can help them heal. Give them the courage to stand tall and unashamed. Restore their joy. Amen