Trigger Warning: Discussion of racism, rape, violence

I am so tired of hearing men and women in a position of power make a ridiculous, hurtful, unfounded, unscientific, and inhumane statement about rape. There should be a minimum education requirement in order to join politics.

“Rape is kind of like the weather. If it’s inevitable just relax and enjoy it.” – Clayton William

I have been sitting here trying to absorb the fact that someone actually said this. Not to mention that this particular someone in a position of power over people who have been raped and unfortunately those who will be raped in the future.

“If a woman has the right to an abortion, why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t usually result in anyone’s death,” – Lawrence Lockman of Maine.

Saying that raping is a lesser crime and abortion is aberrant. Oh, and many rapes end in death, by the way. Not to mention that we should allow rapists sexual freedom is beyond disgusting.

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

Biology 101. No, the female body can’t shut that whole thing down. A comprehensive study of the issue, conducted in 1996 by the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, estimated that rape results in over 32,000 pregnancies in the U.S. every year.

“Rape victims should make the best of a bad situation.” – Rick Santorum

Rape is a crime. Period. We as a people need to do better for the women, men, and others who suffer this horror. We need to be tough on the women, men, and others who commit these crimes, yet fair to the accused.

Whether someone decided to report their rape/assault, and whether or not any of us did or would do the same thing cannot ever be grounds for judging someone else and their experiences.

“When a lady says no, she means maybe.”- Warren Buffett

No, means, no. We really need to stop teaching that persistence is romantic. It’s not, it’s abusive, it takes away a woman’s right to personhood.

“Why couldn’t you keep your knees together.” – Alberta Federal Court Justice Robin Camp

This judge went on to acquit the rapist. He made the victim hate herself, feel as if she had done something wrong as if she was a slut. She even considered suicide. The judge was eventually pushed to resign from his post. So many victims are set up for failure before they even enter the courtroom.

It seems that all of these men making these leave little room for us to hear from the victims of sexual violence themselves.