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Hi all,

I am not highly opinionated when it comes to politics.  I do find it completely fascinating that there is a current contest over abortion/rape/pregnancy/what defines rape. I have to wonder if either Obama or Romney has ever really studied what defines rape.

By the way, Redeem The Silence; An Unintended Journey is now complete and available for sure at  If it is not yet on Amazon/Barnes and Noble it soon will be.

I bring that up not just to update you with it, but because I address the difficulties of not only a legal definition of rape (is this what our presidential candidates are talking about?) but the value of a discussion of just exactly what rape is.  In Appendix A, I describe 14 different types of rape.  There can even be more.  In my opinion, most can and should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  Our current laws vary from state to state, as well those used by such entities as the FBI.  If I remember right from my research, none are broad enough.  So, it is interesting to watch these two campaigns on this issue.  If they want to allow abortion to a rape survivor who is pregnant, what definition will they use?  Must she have reported the rape so it can be tried in a court of law?  Must the alleged perpetrator have been caught and found guilty?

It seems to me that to allow abortion which will be paid for by us taxpayers to a rape survivor a number of choices must be ironed out.  These include such items as a broad enough definition of rape, whether or not to require a police report and if not, to make a choice to believe the woman coming for the abortion.  If that choice is made of course a door is wide open for those who want an abortion and will say anything to get us to pay for it.

I wrote the following in my book:

Most of us have a traditionally limited view of rape (sexual violence) as one of those violent incidents we hear about only occasionally.  The legal definition of rape mentioned previously is important because without it, rapists will not be prosecuted.  But there are more important issues at stake than incarcerating perpetrators.  Limiting ourselves to a legal definition of rape is a way of promotion the silence.  Without a more comprehensive acceptance of SV actually is, many survivors go unidentified.  Our culture pays an exorbitant price for this because even identified survivors often do not get the help they need.


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