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BARCC’s Response to Akin’s Statements

The news has been on fire this week with Congressman Akin's comments about "legitimate rape" and how women's bodies can "shut down" during a rape in order to prevent pregnancy.  If not, you can browse a variety of articles and blog posts that criticize his statements.  Additionally, there are many responses to his apology the following day.  Unfortunately there have also been several people who have defended Akin's comments and blamed the 'liberal media' for trying to push him out of the race. 

Initially, I wanted to create a long blog post outlining first the plain factual errors of his statement and then the damaging effects that it can have on survivors of sexual violence.  However, one of my amazing co-workers, Meg Bossong, was interviewed by Fox25Boston news.  In her interview, she eloquently points out the errors in what Akin says and the effects that this can have on survivors.  Therefore, instead of repeating all of that, I want to encourage you to watch her interview which is one of the best responses I have seen or read since Akin made his abhorrent comments. 

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Posted by stacey

Stacey formerly served BARCC as the coordinator for Community Awareness and Outreach. Prior to BARCC, she worked for the Navy as a sexual assault response coordinator and volunteered for the DC Rape Crisis Center. She got involved with anti-rape work during college and has enjoyed doing both direct services and educational work.


  1. Akin's comments were just perverse. His apology so pathetic it just underscored his lack of comprehension and underscored his ignorance and outrageous outlook on women's bodies, rape, violence, etc.

    I am so grateful that so many, many people and organizations spoke up so quickly and decisively to denounce his bizarre and twisted convictions.

    Thanks for linking Meg Bossong's interview. I found it tremendously enlightening, and realized just how easy it is to fall into the trap of feeling vulnerable and feel like a "victim" almost by osmosis by subconsciously integrating someone else's beliefs as reality unless people challenge the distorted premise and denounce the destruction to human dignity it prescribes.

    For the longest time, I really thought that some people were so cruel and indifferent to rape merely because they were clueless and uninformed. Atkin's comments and his defenders reveal the ugly and very real side of how women are still viewed as property and objects in some segments of our society. It isn't merely ignorance, but a belief system that must be fully challenged and confronted within our society.

  2. Pretty shocking and insulting to all -- not only rape victims. Rape is violence against society. I for one am saddened that anyone could be so dangerously ill-informed, but grateful he stated his viewpoint BEFORE the election.

    Rape is a serious crime. Rapists are criminals and deeply disturbed individuals
    and to trivialize and mock the crime and make erroneous and illegitimate statements such as Akin's is an affront to all civilized society.

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