Sunday, June 10, 2007

Catholic Men's Group Cheers At Idea Of Forcing Rape Victims to Give Birth

Senator Brownback has highlighted the disconnect that I see so often when it comes to dealing with rape.

"Rape is terrible. Rape is awful. Is it made any better by killing an innocent child? Does it solve the problem for the woman that's been raped?" the Kansas Republican asked at the St. Joseph's Covenant Keepers gathering.

"We need to protect innocent life. Period," Brownback said, bringing the crowd of about 500 to its feet.


What is this group and others like it doing to stop boys and men from committing rape so girls and women won't have to make the choice these men want to make for them and so rape victims won't be killed by the most violent rapists or so they won't be so traumatized they take their own life?

If Sen. Brownback truly believes that rape is terrible, rape is awful, what is he doing to prevent potential rapists from crossing the line and what is he doing to help rape victims recover from the trauma of being raped and what is he doing to minimize the trauma of reporting and navigating through the criminal justice system?

If Senator Brownback had said, "Rape is terrible. Rape is awful. We need to put a stop to it right now" would the members of this group have given him the same standing ovation?

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At June 11, 2007 10:07 AM, Blogger Seeing Eye Chick said...

Crusty Feminist Alert!

Men have no say in a woman's reproductive choices. Men do not serve as the incubator, men's lives are not threatened by C-Sections, gestational diabetes, increased chance of stroke, or infected epesiotomy scars. And Men are not generally stuck with the child sans social network system, {even when the sex was consensual}

When men develope a uterus and a vagina, and can give birth, then they might have something to say about this.

Until then.
Ladies Choice.
Because if you get to choose when we have abortions, then we should get to choose when you get castrated.

You want to save a baby from being aborted, if you are sterile then its a non issue.

IN MY OWN TIME AND SEASON goes for sex as well as gestation. My Body Not yours.

Get your own Uterus!

At June 11, 2007 3:42 PM, Blogger Winter said...

I'm not too surprised by this as I grew up Catholic and I know those kind of men (pillars of the community all), but that doesn't mean I find it any less chilling.

At June 12, 2007 7:00 PM, Blogger Holly said...

I read about his comments, it is very sad to know he does not understand the impact of sexual violence. Given many religions do not support the crime victims rights to have information to make a informed choice. I would truly wondered if he would feel the same way for the seniors being raped in nursing homes and children being raped. It is about the violence inflicted on someone who has been sexually violated. Maybe he should volunteer with a rape crisis worker for a day, better yet go to the hospital with a child who has been raped. He may see the impact of the horrible crime after this...experience.

At June 14, 2007 10:58 AM, Blogger Seeing Eye Chick said...

I doubt it. I bet he would just make it worse by saying something terribly insensitive and meaning it from the deepest recesses of his heart.

How confusing would that be to a child rape victim? Or even an adult one.

But sensitivity courses may be in order.

I wonder if such things have ever been created.

Rape-Sensitivity classes, with interviews, discussion and reading on the subject.
Now there is an idea.
I am sure it wont solve all the problems out there, but it might open a few eyes.


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