I watch the news every morning and every evening, enough for it to loop a few times. I watch three channels, even though they all pretty much report the same thing.
We are in the midst of a national uproar over the Newton School Shootings; as we very well should be. Twenty-six people lost their lives at the hands of a maniac with a gun. Twenty were children. Children. Murdered. For going to school. It’s sick. It’s sickening. This isn’t the first mass shooting in the US and it won’t be the last.
It is estimated that 55% of gun deaths in the US are suicide. Suicide is against the law, but it’s pretty hard to bring the perpetrator to justice, especially when they are successful. That leave 45% of gun crimes as prosecutable.
A crime that is 100% prosecutable is rape, except more than 60% of rapes are never reported; some reports claim up to 84% of rapes are never reported. Rapists go free to rape again, and again, and again. Do you really think a rapist that gets away with it once isn’t going to do it twice, three times, ten times? It’s time for a national discussion on Rape Control, one that extends to Capital Hill.
Politicians made asses of themselves during the last elections with their misinformed opinions of rape. Turns out that didn’t work so well for them. Did their idiocracy scare the rest of Washington into silence? Or do they think that because rape rates have been stable in recent years that there isn’t a problem? Stable. Yeah. Not going up; not going down. Not. Going. Down. Rape rates have not decreased in recent years, but reports have.
I’ve watched speech after speech on the atrocity of the crime in Newtown. Joe Biden is leading a task force on gun control. Bill Clinton has spoken on it. Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has introduced his opinions, as has Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. The list is long. Speech after speech. Who is taking the national microphone against the Steubenville rape? Did the VAWA get reaffirmed? Nope. Sure didn’t.
Gun control isn’t criminal control. Rape control isn’t criminal control, but since an American woman is 10 times more likely to be raped than to die in a car crash, it’s time to make it easier to report.
Children were murdered in Newtown and that got the ball rolling on the gun control discussion. Have children never been raped? Was an 11-year-old not gang-raped by 20 males? Is a Massachusetts man not accused of raping 13 children? Was a coach not arrested for raping a 10-year-old? Is a school plumber not facing charges for raping a 5-year-old? Did a 20-year-old not get reported for raping a 12-year-old? Is a Rapid City man not fighting charges for raping a 5-year-old? Should I keep going? No. I’m too sick to my stomach. It’s estimated that 60% of reported rapes are victims under the age of 18.
Rape is a four-letter word. It ruins lives. It damages victims. It destroys trust. It’s time we stop tempering the issue and start throwing temper-tantrums.