Victims of Rape “May Enjoy Intercourse,” According to Indonesian Judge

*Trigger warning: This post discusses rape culture and victim blaming language and might be upsetting.

2012 was not a good year in regards to rape culture and victim-blaming attitudes. We heard some pretty nasty comments that completely ignored the suffering of rape and sexual assault survivors.

Rape culture appears to be fueled by ignorance, as many of the comments showed. Self-nominated rape expert Todd Akin claimed that there is such a thing as “legitimate rape,” and California Judge Derek Johnson said that “the body does not allow rape to happen.” Rep. Roger Rivard passed on his father’s advice by stating that “some girls rape easy.”

This year has begun equally poorly, as another completely ignorant man in a position of authority and power has spoken out about rape and rape victims. This time, it is Judge Muhammad Daming Sanusi, who told Indonesian high court lawmakers that victims of rape ”may enjoy intercourse.”

In a discussion concerning the death penalty for rapists, Sanusi said that “Both the victims of rape and the rapist might have enjoyed their intercourse together, so we should think twice before handing down the death penalty.”

By calling rape intercourse, Sanusi suggests that rape can be consensual. This denies  horrific reports, traumatic events, and accounts of forceful and violent experiences of rape survivors. Rape should not be called sex, or intercourse, or for that matter anything other than rape. Rape is forced on the person, is not the least bit consensual, and not the least bit enjoyable.

Apparently, the Female Body Can Permit or Prevent Rape

Many of us were horrified when Todd Akin claimed that in cases of “legitimate rape,” the female body is able to prevent pregnancy. Well, he’s not the only one blaming the victim: recently, California judge Derek Johnsonsaid, in regards to a 2008 rape case, that if someone doesn’t want sexual intercourse, the body “will not permit that to happen,” that the woman “didn’t put up a fight” and that “I’m not a gynecologist but I can tell you something: if someone doesn’t want to have sexual intercourse the body shuts down. The body will not permit that to happen unless a lot of damage is inflicted and we heard nothing about that in this case.”

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Obama is Re-Elected, “Rape” Candidates are Defeated

The interminable election season is finally over! After all the money, mud-slinging, and hyperbole, Barack Obama has won a second term, Democrats have won control of the Senate, and Republicans have won control of the House. So, really, not that much has changed on the surface, though undoubtedly the pundits and experts will be analyzing the results and trends for years to come.

For now, let’s just bask in the good news: voters in Maryland and Maine approved same-sex marriage; Wisconsin voters elected the first openly gay politician, Tammy Baldwin, to the Senate; and a slew of candidates that made idiotic comments about rape and abortion were defeated!


Apparently, Todd Akin Has Long Been Confused About Lady Parts

Sometimes, a politician makes a remark for which the only appropriate response is stunned silence. And so it is, again, with good ol’ “legitimate rape” Todd Akin. Videos have surfaced of the Republican Senate candidate giving a speech on the House floor warning about, among other things, doctors who perform abortions on women that aren’t pregnant:

“One of the good pieces of news why we’re winning this war is because there are not enough heartless doctors being graduated from medical schools. There’s a real shortage of abortionists. Who wants to be at the very bottom of the food chain of the medical profession? And what sort of places do these bottom-of-the-food-chain doctors work in? Places that are really a pit. You find that along with the culture of death go all kinds of other law-breaking: not following good sanitary procedure, giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant, cheating on taxes, all these kinds of things, misuse of anesthetics so that people die or almost die. All of these things are common practice, and all of that information is available for America.”

Oh, Todd Akin. I really wonder how your mind works.



Raging Grannies Vs. Todd Akin

Recently, Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin received tremendous criticism for stating that rape did not result in pregnancy if it is a “legitimate rape,” since “the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”

Now, the Raging Grannies , a peaceful protest group created a response video addressing Todd Akin’s nonsense.

Here are the lyrics:

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GOP Senate Candidate is Confused About Lady Parts

Rep. Todd Akin, who’s running for Senate in Missouri, has some interesting theories about rape and pregnancy. He recently claimed that “legitimate rape” rarely results in pregnancy.

While discussing why he opposes abortion in any circumstance, including rape, Akin said that, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

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