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Are women real citizens or not? Not if we have no control over our own bodies.

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I came across a shocking story a few days ago, and I just can’t stop thinking about it. The story is about a young college student who was raped at a party, after apparently being drugged. How many times have we heard this story? Well, it happened to “Hannah” in December of 2006. Here’s Hannah’s story, magnificently told by Amanda Hess at the Washington City Paper.

The story is long, but I hope you can take the time to read the whole thing.

The gist of it is that Hannah was dancing with Bilal, another Howard University student whom she knew slightly. This is her last memory of that night:

“He was getting a little rough, and I remember trying to kind of just get away from him,” she recalled in the deposition. “I remember I tried to stop dancing with him.…[There was] a little too much of sexual suggestion.…just touching me too much.” She started to feel blurry, woozy, dizzy, “and then nothing.”

The young men who threw the party supposedly had a rule that no one was allowed upstairs. They even had a furniture barricade and a bouncer guarding the staircase. But somehow Hannah ended up in the upstairs bathroom anyway. The next morning, Hannah

woke up in her Howard University dorm room with a piece of her life missing. Hannah, a 19-year-old sophomore, had unexplained pain in her rectum and hip. Her panty liner, which she had worn the night before, was missing. Vomit dotted her gloves and coat. Her friend Kerston lay beside her in the skinny dorm room bed. Kerston told Hannah not to shower—they had to go back to the hospital to secure a rape kit.

Hannah had been fortunate in that her girlfriends stuck by her. They demanded to be allowed upstairs to look for her and kept insisting they wouldn’t leave with out her even when the bouncer and the young men who lived in the house tried to make them leave. Hannah was finally allowed to come downstairs, and one of her friends stayed with her all night to make sure she didn’t shower or do anything else to prevent evidence from being collected.

Hannah was so ill that she couldn’t stop vomiting, even the next morning. She was in pain in her rectum and her hip and leg hurt so much she was limping. When her friends got her to the hospital, she was terribly sick and incoherent from whatever drug she had been given.

You’d think a doctor or nurse would realize that this young woman had been hurt and probably given a date rape drug, and would at least treat her injuries. But that isn’t what happened to Hannah, because in Washington D.C., only the police can determine whether someone was raped. The hospital refused to give Hannah a rape kit because the police determined that, since she couldn’t remember the last name of the young man she was dancing with and since she had been drinking and “must have blacked out,” she couldn’t be given official rape victim status.

About a year ago, I wrote a post about the LAPD’s shameful backlog on analyzing rape kits. But until now, I had no idea that hospitals didn’t routinely collect rape kits–evidence that could be used in a prosecution of the crime.

Hannah was drugged and raped, and the next day she was re-traumatized by having to deal with two misogynistic bureaucracies–the DC police and the Howard University Hospital. According to Amanda Hess, a program called SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) was in effect in DC area hospitals at the time of Hannah’s rape. This program was supposed to prevent rape victims from having to sit in emergency rooms for 12 hours waiting to be seen. But it wasn’t easy to find a hospital that would participate in the program.

“One hospital’s response literally was, ‘We don’t want to be the rape hospital,’” [a sane spokewoman said]. Finally, Howard University Hospital agreed to host the program, providing local rape victims a greater chance of seeking justice from their attackers. But once the program was established at Howard, rape victims encountered another problem: All victims would have to receive police authorization before receiving an examination.

That was the Catch-22. The police had to authorize a rape kit, and the police decided Hannah couldn’t have one. Therefore, no police report was taken, no charges were filed, and no one went to the scene of the crime to collect evidence!

Howard University has now terminated the SANE program and it wasn’t easy to find another hospital to take it on. But now, because of the Violence Against Women Act of 2009, women can now get rape kits at one Washington DC hospital, even if they don’t want to talk to the police. And police no long make the decision about who will get a rape kit.

But does that mean rapes will be investigated and prosecuted? No, because the police still get to decide which rape kits will be analyzed, and they don’t like to spend money on this particular type of investigation. Hence the shameful nationwide backlog of rape kits.

We often talk about how if women can’t control their own bodies, we really have no rights. Well, Hannah was not only drugged against her will and raped but also had no control over whether her rape would be investigated or prosecuted. Are women citizens of the country with rights or not?! I say we aren’t if our bodies can be violated against our will and we have no recourse, then no! Our so-called citizenship is fake and meaningless.

As quixote wrote awhile back in a post about the Stupak amendment:

It has nothing to do with morals, Stupak’s, mine, or the man in the moon’s. Rights. The right to control our own medical procedures. The right to control our bodies. Rights. Get it?

So, no, “different people, acting in good faith” may not judge a law about rights in different ways. Not even when it’s a law about women’s medical rights.

The upshot of Hannah’s experience is that she has sued:

the District of Columbia, Howard University Hospital, George Washington University Hospital, both universities, and several doctors she says denied or interfered with her medical care. She seeks damages for medical malpractice and negligence from the medical defendants and the D.C. police, which she says resulted in “the probable loss of the opportunity to see her assailant brought to justice.”

I hope she wins and collects big bucks. And I congratulate Amanda Hess for telling Hannah’s story in such a clear and understandable way. Of course Hess is getting plenty of trollish responses to her story. Here’s one outrageous comment.

But about that backlog, here’s just one story from Illinois–but this is happening all over the country.

Fairview Heights police investigated 48 sexual assaults reported between 2002 and 2009.

But of those 48 cases, police collected nine rape kits — small packages of DNA evidence taken at the hospital where sexual assault victims are treated.

And only four of those nine rape kits were submitted for testing to the nearby Illinois State Police Crime Laboratory, police records show.

Police departments are acting as filters to determine which women will even get to provide evidence of their rapes and then again limiting which women will get to have the rape kits tested for DNA.

Last year CBS did an extensive study of the problem of untested rape kits.

The CBS News probe found a staggering number of rape kits — that could contain incriminating DNA evidence — have never been sent to crime labs for testing. CBS News found at least 20,000 untested kits: 5,600 in Detroit. 3,800 in Houston, 5,100 in San Antonio, and 1,100 in Albuquerque. Many of the kits found, Keteyian said, were untested for years.

He added that at least 12 major American cities, including Anchorage, Baltimore, Birmingham, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Oakland, Phoenix, and San Diego said they have no idea how many of rape kits in storage are untested.

CBS also talked to David Lisak, a psychologist from the University of Massachusetts who studies perpetrators of sexual assault. He focuses on non-stranger rapes. You can watch the video interview here.

Lisak told CBS,

“Somehow all we can do is take the statement from the victim. Take the statement from the alleged perpetrator and then throw up our hands because they are saying conflicting things,” he said. “That’s not how we investigate other crimes.”

“Predators look for vulnerable people and they prey on vulnerable people,” Lisak said. And if, as a criminal justice system, we’re going to essentially turn from any victim who was drinking or any victim who was in some way vulnerable – we’re essentially giving a free pass to sexual predators.”

So what now? Congress must act to force cities and police departments to test every rape kit as prosecutors do in New York City, according to CBS:

…even in cases of acquaintance rape – over 1,300 last year alone.

“You never know what you’re going to find,” said Mecki Prinz of the NY Medical Examiners Office.

The results are stunning. Today New York City’s arrest rate for rape is 70 percent – triple the national average.

Prinz says testing kits in acquaintance cases can tie suspects to other attacks, “We have lots of situations where a domestic situation or an acquaintance situation is actually an indication of the male involved responsible for other rapes,”

In the Washington Times of all places, Penny Nance called on our Democratic Congress to strengthen the Debbie Smith Law (originally written by New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney),

a bill that provided federal dollars for states to clear up the backlog of rape kits, became law under President George W. Bush in 2004 and was renewed in 2008. Debbie Smith was a woman raped in Virginia whose kit took 10 years to process. In those 10 years, the DNA was successfully matched in her case, but her rapist already had committed other rapes….

Since then, we have learned that funds for rape-kit analysis are going to other uses not intended by the law’s authors. The states are not required to use the federal funds specifically for rape kits, only for DNA backlog, thus allowing for a huge loophole.

Nance says that Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah

“has repeatedly asked the chairman [of the House Judiciary Committee], Rep. John Conyers, Michigan Democrat, to take steps to address the issue, but Mr. Conyers has yet to show any interest in fixing the law.”

I don’t know whether this is a valid criticism or not, but I have learned that in 2009, Reps Al Franken (D-MN), Charles Grassley (R-IA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault Act in the Senate. The proposed bill was referred to the
Senate Judiciary Committee on November 5, 2009.
Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced the same bill in the House in November 2009.

I also found this blog, written by Valerie Neumann, whose story was highlighted in CBS report last year. She recently posted a piece by Sarah Tofte of Human Rights Watch about her recent meetings about this issue at the White House and on Capital Hill. She was accompanied by Mariska Hargitay of Law and Order SVU.

So what’s the holdup, Congress? Do you really care more about the banksters than about rape prosecutions? Never mind, don’t answer that.

60 Responses

  1. Here’s another problem with the police deciding who is a rape victim and who deserves to get her case prosecuted. What about women who are illegal immigrants? Why would they report their assaults to police? Shouldn’t they be able to though? Something is very wrong here.

    There’s a post about this problem at Feministe.

    How many survivors of sexual violence don’t report their abuser to the police or go to the hospital–not because they dealing with survivor shame, guilt, and fear–but because the nation/state has made it illegal for even health care providers to help people without checking their status?


    Sexual violence is under reported in communities where citizenship is a solid birth right for the majority of the community. What is it in communities where the pressure to be silent is not only enormous, but a necessary condition for survival?

    • What about prostitutes, too?

      That’s the craziest thing I ever heard. Whether Hannah or other women decide to go forward with their cases officially or not, they’re entitled to every bit of information they can get to figure out what happened to them, if they want to find out. The hospital and the police acting as gatekeepers and using the excuse that she blacked out? There are no words.

      • Great point.

      • The hospital and the police acting as gatekeepers and using the excuse that she blacked out? There are no words.

        It is disgusting and revealing that “blacked out” = consensual in their books.

        • Even if you blacked out because someone gave you a date rape drug. And because she blacked out she isn’t exactly sure what happened. But if they did a rape kit, they could find out if there is semen. See–Catch 22. You can’t have a rape kit to look for semen unless you know exactly what happened and the last name of the guy who did it.

        • Exactly. We can’t treat you as a rape victim because–you were raped! Oh, of course.

        • It’s even worse:

          Rice determined no investigation would be opened, and no rape kit authorized, because Spriggs had already spoken to the victim and determined that she didn’t have a case. Rice later supported Spriggs’ determination that no crime had occurred, testifying that “blacking out is not a crime.”

          Blacking out is not a crime? WTF?

          • This sounds like bizarro world. It’s like they think they should be charging her with something.

            Oh and good luck with rape education when officials don’t seem able to grasp the most basic concepts.

          • Hannah went to four other hospitals, and they also refused to treat her, because the police had already ruled on her case. The guy who made the decision didn’t even talk to her in person. He asked her a couple of questions on the phone!

          • It’s a horrific insult added to injury– they’re turning loss of consciousness against someone who is coming to the authorities for help in a vulnerable state. And, in what warped world would, for instance, loss of consciousness rule out filing a charge against someone for stealing your wallet, your license, etc. ?

            Very disturbing and bothering–now I can’t stop thinking about it. And, to think I nearly tuned out in the beginning–indeed campus rape is unfortunately all too familiar a story. I wish we weren’t that familiar with it. It’s a form of desensitization.

          • I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this story since I first read it a few days ago. That’s why I had to write about it. And with the refusal of police to test rape kits even when they get them, lots of rapists are running around free and raping other women.

    • If I were the victim, I would investigate whether my civil rights had been violated by the police refusal to administer the rape kit. If the facts are correctly reported, the victim knows she gave no consent to sex. Therefore, any sex that occurred was without her consent. She needs to speak with an attorney specializing in such cases.

      Thank goodness she had friends.


    • Reading this reminds me how far I’d hope we’d be by now and how very little progress we’ve really made. This issue was near and dear to me in my campus days. My eldest (first weekend on campus) wound up in the emergency room unable to move because of something dropped in her drink. She was lucky the girls she was with stayed with her and took her to the emergency room. Something I also had to do 30 years ago with a friend of mine who was afraid to report her rape in the University of Nebraska’s library because she’d been smoking pot prior to the occurrence. Some things just don’t change fast enough.

      • That’s terrible! Thank goodness her friends were there for her.

        • yeah, when I found out AFTER the fact, I couldn’t believe it. I’m not one of those mothers that harps on with scare stories but both of my daughters have endlessly heard the watch your drink at all times story. It’s one of the few ones that are really true. She’s lucky her friends and the boys that were with them stuck with her and helped her and this is the one every one calls sensible. Not the youngest one, but the doctor one!

      • It’s so sad that we are not beyond this crap.

  2. Thanks for posting this, bb.

  3. The second-class subhuman status of women is the one area where Stupakistan and Glenn Beckistan have bipartisan agreement.

  4. wow, I am amazed that this can still happen in this country.

    • Seriously? Read the comments after articles on crimes against women in any online newspaper. We are in reverse on matters pertaining to respect for women.

  5. You can add this to the list of women’s health issues that men (and women!) have decided are unprofitable to pursue: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100422/us_nm/us_wellpoint_cancer_4. An excellent article on how women with breast cancer (or even pregnant women, for goodness’ sake!) are routinely having their insurance cancelled once they make a claim. From the article:

    A 2007 investigation by the California Department of Managed Health Care bore this out. The agency randomly selected 90 instances in which Anthem Blue Cross of California dropped the insurance of policyholders after diagnoses with costly or life-threatening illnesses to determine how many were legally justified.

    None were. “In all 90 files, there was no evidence (that Blue Cross), before rescinding coverage, investigated or established that the applicant’s omission/misrepresentation was willful,” the DMHC report said.

    So will Obamacare prevent this abusive treatment of women? More from the article:

    “People have this idea that someone is going to flip a switch and rescission and other bad insurance practices are going to end,” says Peter Harbage, a former health care adviser to the Clinton administration. “Insurers will find ways to undermine the protections in the new law, just as they did with the old law. Enforcement is the key.”….

    During the recent legislative process for the reform law, however, lobbyists for WellPoint and other top insurance companies successfully fought proposed provisions of the legislation. In particular, they complained about rules that would have made it more difficult for the companies to fairly — or unfairly — cancel policyholders.

  6. BB, It boggles the mind that this could happen in this day and age. Good luck to that brave girl. And what a great bunch of friends she had that saved her from who knows what else. I hope all Howard women stay away from parties hosted by/attended by that group.

  7. Here in NC, police are given enormous discretion by state law as to whether or not to even file a report when called. As a group, they are so misogynist that another state law had to be passed -requiring- them to file a report in cases of “domestic” violence. They appear to believe that women really are the property of the men they live with; until the second law was passed, law enforcement officials had simply refused to file a report when a man assaulted the woman he lived with. For any other case in which a man assaults a woman, the broad discretion law applies.

    I can well believe that giving making police the gateway for justice for rape victims is the same as making rape legal. It doesn’t surprise me at all.

  8. One would think that because she’d been drinking and apparently blacked out she’d be considered a rape victim as a matter of course. It sounds like she was given GHB.

    If someone’s that impaired, she can’t consent. She should have at least been given enough of the benefit of the doubt to have the rape kit done.

    • Duh! I hope she makes them pay in court, but I’m afraid the male judges won’t be that sympathetic.

  9. It is my understanding that they won’t process a rape kit until they have a good suspect. The perfect Catch 22.

  10. Police are given far too much discretion on whether to file charges or not. This hits very close to home for me. My best friend was murdered a few years ago by an ex-boyfriend who had been stalking her, and raped her twice (though she could not prove that part.)

    In one of many incidents, he pulled into a gas station where she was getting gas, in broad daylight, and kidnapped her at gunpoint in view of multiple witnesses. She broke her foot kicking the door open a few miles down the road to escape. The North Charleston police charged him with a misdemeanor “domestic assault” rather than a felony abduction with a deadly weapon. It’s a very long story, over the course of a year, with many many examples of complete dismissal of the seriousness by the police. He wrote her death threats from jail, on state-provided stationary, but they let him out on bail anyway. And conveniently “forgot” to put the court-ordered monitoring bracelet on him, or to notify Patti or her victims advocate that he was even having a bail hearing, as they are supposed to do.

    He finally lay in wait for her in her house, and emptied 42 bullet holes into her home, killing also the male friend who had followed her home for protection. She was running for her car when he shot her, keys in her hand in the driveway. Then he poured gas on her her body and set her on fire.

    • I’m very sorry to hear this.

      • Oh, I could write an entire blog on that travesty of justice. Her family sued the police dept for wrongful death – I gave many depositions about what had happened. They won, after 2 years. Won’t bring her back, though. The murderer shot himself in his home the day of her funeral. There had supposedly been a “big manhunt” on for him for several days. Funny how they didn’t bother to stake out his damn house.

        I’m lucky not to be in jail myself. I assaulted a police lieutenant. He was in a bar (off duty) running his mouth about Patti and the case, how she “brought it on herself”, shortly after her murder, and I overheard. I went batshit and came over the table at him. It took three grown men to pull me off of him. The only reason I wasn’t charged was because the wrongful death suit was already pending, and I guess they figured if they were nice I’d be nice back.

        Nope. I testified as to every word I heard that fucker say.

        • Good for you. That just completely sucks.

        • I have this theory where we need to pay police officers a hell of a lot better so that we can be about a million times more selective about who gets hired. About 97% of all of the cops I’ve met or heard of have demonstrated signs of personality disorders.

          • Sandra,

            More money won’t change a sexist attitude set in stone. What is needed is more women in the police force and in positions of power within the department. to offset the testerone overload that historically causes these kinds of cases to be dismissed because of a macho male attitude towards women “bringing rape and murder onto themselves”. It’s always “blame the woman” and let the guy get a pass.

            Here are some of the differences between male and female police officers, and is primarily why cases where women are raped and/or murdered are dismissed by the predominantly police brass:

            “Years of research both in the U.S. and internationally show that female police officers are less authoritarian and use excessive force less often than their male counterparts. Female officers are better at defusing potentially violent confrontations with citizens and possess better communication skills.

            Perhaps the difference is best explained in men’s and women’s attitudes toward policing. According to one noted researcher, Joseph Balkin, “Policemen see police work as involving control through authority, while policewomen see it as a public service.” He concluded, “In some respects at least, women are better suited for police work than men.”

            Link to full article: http://www.womenandpolicing.org/oped021800.asp

            The truth is, far too many men join the police force because they seek power and the right to assert that power, knowing that they will be protected by their police “fraternity brothers”.

            My theory is that an equal number of women to men psychologists should prepare a test for anyone (which focuses primarily on men in being able to analyze their tendancy towards aggression) wanting to join the police force in order to weed out those guys who have issues with aggression and power over other human beings and are looking for an outlet by joining the police force to express that psychosis.

          • Kathleen,

            That is a fantastic idea–the questionnaires I mean. Of course there would need to be a law to make it happen. I don’t think police departments would do it voluntarily.

            More women DA’s would help too. Lisa Madigan was instrumental in the IL law.

    • I’ve always thought that at the heart of not taking domestic violence seriously is that it’s a husband against a wife (or similar relationship), which at some psychological level to these people is something between an owner against their chattel. For that reason, they don’t feel they have the right to interfere. I think they’re even less likely to interfere with domestic violence with a couple than they are when a kid is involved or even when a pet is involved.

      It’s sort of like yelling fire instead of rape. If you yell that a pet is being harmed, you’ll be taken more seriously.

    • Oh my God. I’m so sorry WMCB.

    • I am so, so sorry to read this. And so angry — this is a pattern that is repeated all over the US and elsewhere. Change the victim’s gender and the attacker would never be allowed to get away with it.

    • WMCB, I am so sorry to hear that. No matter how many times I hear similar stories, it never fails to leave me enraged and speechless.

    • I’m so, so sorry. I know a guy who worked with his wife, they were getting divorced, and he was upset about the property division. He went and beat the hell out of her on company property, and not only is he not in jail, he didn’t even get fired. I don’t know what it’s going to take before we take domestic violence seriously.

  11. The story about Hannah is so horrific, it makes me want to vomit.
    God, I thought we had come further as a society in treating rape victims with dignity. Obviously not.

  12. Sorry, WMCB…extra horrific because everyone knew where it was going before hand. It wasn’t a surprise…yet it was allowed to happen. Women are considered the property of the man they even once dated, much less married. Society is more likely to pursue a man if he jumped another’s claim and killed a non partner. If he’s prosecuted for a wife or girl friend’s murder , it most likely because he took on for himself the State’s right to kill…then he’s getting uppity and must be punished .
    But preventing the murder isn’t a high priority. And if you ever wore a cocktail dress or had a drink, you are fare game . It’s not rape …you clearly ” asked for it” .
    And those court orders are a particularly sick joke.
    Their function is get society off the hook for some one’s safety…imo

  13. another slant on this issue is how rape victims are treated in our over seas war zones…please, being raped and keeping your mouth shut ( at least about the rape) is part of the job description.

  14. Brings to mind Catherine Mackinnon saying that rape isn’t illegal, it’s regulated

  15. Everyday, it happens everyday. My head is hung, because the police, the justice system, the colleges, the communities will not stop it. The politicians do not want to deal with it, do not want fund our programs, and so it’s up to us to educate our sisters, to get men involved to help us, and to STOP IT.

    I’d like to share a story, back in 1974, while in college, one of roommates came home, and said she was just
    raped in a park. They didn’t have rape kits back then.
    We reported the rape to the police, and nothing was done. So a group of us girls, decided that every day
    we would go to that park, wearing halter tops, and carrying a six pack of beer. Our friend who hac been raped had a blond wig on, and dressed totally different from the day she was raped. After a couple of weeks of this, behold, there he was, and she pointed to him, all of us started running, and told men in the park, that
    the guy had just raped a girl, help us keep him in this area, and they did. I ran to the nearest house, and called the police, and a couple hours later he was found and arrested. You should have seen us in court, and we were thrilled to have a female judge.
    His wife sat in front of us, and we didn’t give her a break. He had repeated, and repeated rape in that
    very park mainly in the Spring time, had been doing it for years.

    Women need to help other women stop it. The young women on the college campuses need to organize,
    and hold the university, and the community itself accountable.

  16. Hi BB. Thank you for this post. It was devastating to read this and I had to step back and collect my thoughts. But what stands out is that we have this pervasive undercurrent of thought in our culture that breeds the idea that it is ok for a male to penetrate a woman against her will.

    What have we taught our children to arrive at this point? Somehow we must aggressively tap into this horrific internalized view. It is the same undercurrent that founds ideas about a woman’s sexuality being the property of the alpha males and their institutional frameworks of government and religion.

    Forget even the disgraceful neglect of our protective services, how does a young male come to the conclusion that he has the right to invade a woman’s body for his own pleasure?

    It’s horrific to contemplate. We have obviously failed to teach our children the principle that women’s rights are human rights.

    • Hi SoD. Unfortunately, no matter how much parents try to educate their children, there are so many competing messages in our culture. And of course some parents are the source of negative messages about women and about violence.

      I know what you mean about having to step back from this story. When I first read it, I was horrified. I could write about it until days went by and I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. At least there is a bill in Congress to address the rape kit issue. As usual, our friend Al Franken is involved. Let’s hope the bill gets some action soon.

  17. BB, I’m pleased to say that Illinois has just passed a law requiring all rape kits to be sent to a testing lab within 10 days of receipt, and testing on the kits must be performed by the lab within 6 months. Seems you’re not alone in your concerns. Maybe other states can pass similar laws. I don’t trust the national women’s organizations to take the lead on this. We need concerned women in each state to contact their legislators and ask them to sponsor similar legislation.

    • That’s great! I’m glad the law passed.

      • And why shouldn’t this be a national law??? Again, women don’t get equal justice in this country…it’s such BULLSHIT!!

  18. Apologies if this was already posted. Here is a link to sign a Change.org petition to tell DC police to stop denying rape kits to victims. They have 421 signatures with a goal of 500 so pass the word.

    • Is this the same DC that wouldn’t shut up about “Sarah Palin” making victims pay for their own rape kits? Just wondering.

      • That’s crossed my mind too. Why aren’t the proggers all upset over this? Perhaps because they only care about rape when it allows them to get their woman-hate on. Ya know, the only constant in ObamaNation is the riptide of misogyny that carries them along.

      • LOL!

    • Done!

  19. How long do we plan to ask nicely for rights? It is time for vigilante justice. I believe this woman. If the law won’t handle rape cases then we need to do it ourselves.

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