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.