Tuesday, October 16, 2012

How to talk about rape: a primer for politicians

I would hope that when a woman goes into a physician with a rape issue, that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage or was it truly caused by a rape.” - Sen. Chuck Wilder

If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Congressman Todd Akin

Some girls rape easy” - Roger Rivard, Wisconsin state representative

Because all of a sudden a young lady gets pregnant and the parents are madder than a wet hen and she's not going to say, 'Oh, yeah, I was part of the program.' All that she has to say or the parents have to say is it was rape because she's underage. And he just said, 'Remember, Roger, if you go down that road, some girls,' he said, 'they rape so easy.'" - Roger Rivard (clarification of above comment)

I believe and I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created -- in the sense of rape -- but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life,and accept what God has given to you. 
As you know, we have to, in lots of different aspects of our life. 
We have horrible things happen. I can't think of anything more horrible. But, nevertheless, we have to make the best out of a bad situation.” - Rick Santorum, Republican presidential candidate, explaining why rape victims should be denied abortions

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Whoa, Nelly...

Hold on there Mr. Politician. You can't say that!

Look, I understand rape is a difficult topic for anyone to discuss, even those who know what it is. And it can be so confusing, too, what with all those categories of rape.

But relax. Breathe....

I've put together a short infographic to help you understand rape so that you can discuss it in such a way that your media handler is not reduced to rocking quietly in a corner of the press room.

Make a copy. Carry it around in your wallet.





There you have it. See, it's really not that hard.






27 comments:

  1. Sorry for the dodgy graphic. I'll see if I can make it easier to read.

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    1. Okay, now it's easier to read, but I misspelled 'popular'. Poopular. But I'm just going to go with it.

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  2. I'm loving the graphic! Have to know where/how?

    I'm kind of blown away by a couple of these. I hadn't seen the 'rape so easy" comment.

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    1. Oh, I found a free site on the web where you can make your own comics. I don't remember the name, but there were a few of them. Limited graphics, but otherwise fun to play with.

      And yes, the 'rapes easy' comment was just so... unbelievable.

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  3. Maybe it's Pledge week at the Capitol?

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    1. I've already given my pledge to Big Bird.

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  4. Isn't it crazy that this concept is so difficult to understand. If only people would start to add more logic and reasoning to their arguments, the world would be a better place!

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    1. I would love to see a giant infusion of logic into the political scene!

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  5. Add that men/boys can be raped, and it is perfect! I will be sharing it with OWL http://www.uua.org/re/owl/ facilitators (of which I am a proud member.)

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  6. I just blows me away that they think it is OK to make these comments.
    Love the infographic.
    Have the best day !
    Me

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    1. Yes, they live in a whole different world than you or I. x

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  7. Great new header on your blog!! Love it! Love the comic, it is awesome and clear. All simple, really!

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    1. Thanks! If I don't have a new header every six months I start to get antsy.

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  8. Well said! I am always amazed by the "foot in mouth" these politicians spruke! And the further they go the worse it gets....

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    1. Yeah, the one politician ('rapes easy') had to come back and clarify his comments twice (his first clarification left a bit to be desired).

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  9. Yeah, it's just gobsmacking. I try and hear some other meaning behind those comments (I read them elsewhere recently too on another news site), but I've got nothin'. They are just out and out WRONG and vile.

    Love your work, K. And the blog banner is gorgeous!

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    1. It's really a bit frightening to me to think that so many men in power (or aspiring to power) can have such viewpoints. It's deeply troubling to me. xo

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  10. Rape is never OK. 4 little words. And if politicians or news people can't remember them or "get" them then they should stand down as sentient human beings, let alone resign from their careers.

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    1. Stand down as sentient human beings. I love that. It's just...exactly right.

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  11. I'm applauding all the way from the Midwest. Can you hear me?

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    1. Actually, I can, as I'm in the midwest too! x

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  12. Sexual assault shouldn't be so complicated a subject, but it sure is.
    In college, I recall arguing with some male classmates that rape is rape no matter the gender. They asserted that a man raped is a more traumatized human than a woman raped. "'Cause, you know, women are used to that kind of thing." (Maybe some of those former classmates are now populating our legislature.) I was disheartened to realize no amount of conversation on the matter could change their minds.
    The message I got from that was men are more important. Women are to be controlled.
    I don't believe it on the inside, but nearly 30 years later, I hear the same arguments and I fear little has changed in certain circles, which seem to be widening rather than shrinking.

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  13. Fabulous info-graphic, it should be provided to people, especially politicians! I'm in total shock that anyone could make the comments above it, how awful.

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  14. It's sad that Politicians (or anyone!) needs this pointed out to them. LOVE your work.

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