In the phallic world of Presidential Candidate Ron Paul, an “honest rape” would entitle the victim to receive an abortion. If we assume that his use of the word honest in his statement means one that actually occurred rather than one that is a false charge, I still have a number of questions.
What criteria must be used to define an “honest rape”? Proof that the victim was actually attacked? Physical damage to her body? What about the threat of murder to inspire compliance? Does that negate the charge of honest rape? If you don’t fight back out of fear of dying, is that dishonest rape? What about being drugged?
If someone is raped while willingly going out on a date with her rapist, is that still “honest rape”? Suppose she was dressed in a manner that made her more attractive or sexually suggestive. If she is raped, is it still honest?
What about the FACT that we, society as a whole, STILL blame the woman for being raped? Which accounts for the number of unreported rapes that still occur on a daily basis.
Something that Ron Paul and his supporters forget. It’s a very important something to me and thousands of other women who have survived rape. Rape is a criminal act, abortion, in the case of rape or for any other reason is not. If you want to take away our right of choice, then why not cut off the phallus of the perpetrator instead?
Having been there and fortunate enough not to have found myself pregnant, I know what kind of mental torture is involved. As far as I’m concerned, it is torture of the most inhumane kind to force a woman, against her own choice, to carry the evidence of that rape for the rest of her life. That’s what men and women who’ve never been raped fail to understand.
The victim carries scars of the act for the rest of her life. I don’t believe we ever truly survive it in any way that allows us to feel comfortable with our bodies. Any child resulting from the attack can be given up for adoption isn’t a viable solution to our problem. We still will carry the mental and emotional damage for the rest of our lives.
The only way to allow men to understand the torture, if they care, would be to cut off their phallus. Frankly, my conscience wouldn’t allow me any comfort with that decision, and that is as honest as I can get.