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Meeting 2/10: Redefining Rape

10 Feb

Sorry the article for this week’s discussion wasn’t posted on wordpress.  If you’re on our listserv you probably got the article, but for those who didn’t, here it is: Georgia State Lawmaker Seeks To Redefine Rape Victims As ‘Accusers’.

This topic goes along with Republican proposed legislation (which was quickly denounced) that would redefine abortions or healthcare provided to rape victims to only be used for “forcible rape” victims.  The theory of the bill is that many Americans are against government funding (aka their tax dollars) of any kind. To help stop government overspending, it was proposed to redefine rape so as to limit what kinds of abortions the government would cover. However, making the term “forcible rape” implies that there is a type of rape that isn’t forcible. When that didn’t fly, in Georgia they are proposing to relabel rape victims as “accusers.” A very slippery slope. Continue reading

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