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If only facts had currency, in the realm of the self-righteous ...

Akin remarks on rape offer window into religious right

by Bonnie Erbe, The Dickinson Press -- August 23, 2012

It is now unanimously agreed that Rep. Todd Akin’s ridiculous remarks about “legitimate rape” and about the female body being able to fend off pregnancy after rape are mind-boggling and precedent setting. They are mind boggling because they show an astounding level of ignorance about human biology. They are precedent setting because never before has a member of Congress and candidate for the U.S. Senate displayed such ignorance in public.

Excuse me, but there is absolutely no truth whatsoever that women’s bodies can prevent them from becoming pregnant during rape. This is just as flawed a claim as the one right-wing extremists tossed about in the ‘90s and during the last decade that women who had abortions were more likely to come down with breast cancer. This claim was widely denounced by the scientific and medical community and has since crawled back into the nonsensical hole from whence it emerged.

The rape/pregnancy lies enunciated by Akin, a Missouri Republican, and reinforced by his kin in the extreme right also included the claim that pregnancy from rape is “really rare.” According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, it is not rare at all. In fact, an estimated 25,000 American women become pregnant as a result of rape each year. In addition, the center reports 12 percent of women experience sexual assault during their lifetimes and almost 5 percent of those assaults result in pregnancy.

If only compassion had weight, in the club of the morality police ...

Rape & Sexual Assault


  -- 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime

  -- Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone, male or female, is sexually assaulted.

  -- One in four college women report surviving rape (15 percent) or attempted rape (12 percent).

  -- Rape victims have been found to be 8.7 times more likely to attempt suicide.

  -- 64% of women who reported being raped, physically assaulted, and/or stalked since age 18 were victimized by a current or former husband, cohabiting partner, boyfriend, or date.

  -- More than 70% of sexual assault victims know their attacker.

  -- 1.3 women are sexually assaulted every minute.

  -- In a single year, over 90,000 women in the United States report a rape to law enforcement officials.

  -- Each year, it is estimated 25,000 American women will become pregnant following an act of sexual violence.

(Sources:  National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey, Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, Warsaw, R. I Never Called It Rape. New York: HarperCollins Publishers,  An Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence Aid and Resource Collection, Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women, Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, November, 2000, Stewart, Felicia and Trussel, James. "Prevention of Pregnancy Resulting from Rape." American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2000.)

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If only commonsense could win out, in the land that 'severe conservatism' has wrought.

Bonnie Erbe concludes her insightful post:

The bigger question, however, is when are party leaders going to realize their embrace of the antiquated thinking of the religious right is an albatross, not an advantage? And when are they going to toss them overboard like the detritus they have proven to be?
[ -- Erbe, a TV host, writes this column for Scripps Howard News Service.]

I'd give them about 25 years ... and then, primarily due to an attrition of the old school dominion, and not due the sudden realization that we have 'a separation of church and state' for a reason.  For several good reasons, actually.

Of course, that would mean the albatross has somehow managed to obtain compassion, commonsense, and a respect for facts.  Here's to hoping their change happens faster than molasses ...

Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 07:43 PM PDT.

Also republished by House of LIGHTS.

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  •  that works out to (11+ / 0-)

    a not so rare

    / 365

    68 Rape-induced Pregnancies per Day

    / 24
    or about 3 per hour.

    Are you ready to Vote? Are you still 'allowed' to Vote?
    -- Are you sure?

    by jamess on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 07:59:11 PM PDT

  •  T&R, tweeted, FB, forwarded. (5+ / 0-)
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    SallyCat, jamess, CherryTheTart, Avilyn, Kinak

    that 25,000 number needs to be out there for all to know.

  •  T&R, republished to House of LIGHTS (4+ / 0-)
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    jamess, glorificus, CherryTheTart, Avilyn

    Thanks for this important diary. Reminding people of real numbers instead of listening to GOP asshats...

    What part of NO don't people understand? Usually it's the "N" that confuses them. They expect "O" as in "O yes it will be my honor to serve your ridiculous whim." h/t Bubbanomics for the answer!

    by SallyCat on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 08:27:34 PM PDT

  •  That is self annointed morality police & I dispute (2+ / 0-)
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    Angela Quattrano, CherryTheTart

    that claim. Bad science or perhaps people who can't provide thier own children to fill thier needs. Pregnancy is a process  with hopefully a viable living child at the end. The fetus for most of that process cannot even begin to survive without her...This is all part of a long arc of whether another human being or animal or cells or corporation or ... can use another for its selfish purposes without regard to how that other feels. When Freud said "anatomy is destiny" he was talking from a long tradition of patriarchy that treated females as chattel without any right in any system to redress or self determination. A perfect choice for rape or forced pregnancies.

    As many women who get pregnant by rape there are as many I am sure whose method of conception fails to stop the beginning of a process that can end thier life or change it forever even if they are responsible.

    The most adament female uterus slavers are often those who cannot have a child of thier own and resist adoptiong one of another race....  I have known 4 women like this... they are appalled that other women aren't doing for them what they can't do for themselves... Or they are totally wrapped up in thier only value being able to have babies... It is a psychological problem.  So they try to control other women and won't allow them tyo make the choice based on thier own morality and beliefs and what is right for them in thier life.

    I have know several men who are of the thinking that women were created to used by others so they should just accept it and let the others use them. To them the fems should accept that they are worthless if they live according to thier own plans and schedule and values. Oh no can't have that especially in a world where the most conservative males think rape is just men showing women who is boss. Of course they have laws to protect those men against revenge by the women they assault. The laws are governmental and social and morality defined by men  god talked to in thier testosterone soaked dreams.

    Today I was listening to a song I hadn't heard in a while. One line stood out "women are wicked when they don't want you". Is this a mommy issue? Are women only mommies to these conserevatives? Is it rejection of themselves they feel if women are not available to serve thier needs...Why else would they call her selfish when she thinks of her own?

    How can you tell when Rmoney is lying? His lips are moving. Fear is the Mind Killer

    by boophus on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 09:13:18 PM PDT

    •  While this is all true (1+ / 0-)
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      It is also true that adoption of healthy white babies is a hugely profitable industry. There are lots of "non-profits" whose officers have become wealthy finding healthy white babies to sell to white Christians. The idea that there are people who want to create and discard millions of unwanted or damaged children in order to guarantee a slight increase in the number of "adoptable" babies is one that needs to be explored.

      •  Definitely, Actually I obliquely refer to this (0+ / 0-)

        because it is a source of rage for some force birthers... THey hate to see the availability go down. One of the owrst was a woman whos sister had an abortion and she can not have any.. She no longer will speak to her sister because I guess she thought she had a right to expect her sister to produce for her.

        How can you tell when Rmoney is lying? His lips are moving. Fear is the Mind Killer

        by boophus on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 10:06:22 AM PDT

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  •  Do not forget the children: (4+ / 0-)
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    15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12.3
    29% are age 12-17.
    44% are under age 18.3
    80% are under age 30.3
    12-34 are the highest risk years.

    Girls ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.

    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.

    In 1995, local child protection service agencies identified 126,000 children who were victims of either substantiated or indicated sexual abuse.
    Of these, 75% were girls.

    Nearly 30% of child victims were between the age of 4 and 7.

    93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker.

    34.2% of attackers were family members.
    58.7% were acquaintances.
    Only 7% of the perpetrators were strangers to the victim.

    I used to be Snow White. And then I drifted. - Mae West

    by CherryTheTart on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 04:58:29 AM PDT

  •  Good, important diary. (3+ / 0-)
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    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 06:32:17 AM PDT

  •  Facts Matter (2+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for putting real numbers on the issue.  T&R.

    The Girl Who Loved Stories
    I’m a feminist because the message is still "don’t get raped" not "don’t rape"

    by Avilyn on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 08:41:08 AM PDT

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