'via Blog this'When victims are blamed instead of perpetrators and denied agency over their bodies, it's no wonder that politicians feel they can say things like Washington congressional candidate John Koster did, the latest in a long line of Republicans.
, a Republican running in Washington’s 1st Congressional District, was caught on tape explaining his opposition to rape exceptions in abortion bans in language opponents deem callous.“[I]ncest is so rare, I mean, it’s so rare,” Koster says in a recorded interview with an activist from Fuse Washington, a liberal group. “But the rape thing … you know, I know a woman who was raped and kept her child, gave it up for adoption, she doesn’t regret it. In fact, she’s a big pro-life proponent. But on the rape thing, it’s like, how does putting more violence onto a woman’s body and taking the life of an innocent child that’s a consequence of this crime, how does that make it better? You know what I mean?”
These people can't even give victims agency in their language about assault.