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A House Republican drew a sharp response during debate on an abortion bill when he said that the number of pregnancies resulting from rape is very low.

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., later sought to clarify his remark, saying he intended to say that later-term abortions linked to pregnancies caused by rape are infrequent.

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee, where Franks made his original comment, quickly compared it to the statement made by former Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., that women’s bodies can avoid pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape.” Akin’s 2012 campaign for a Senate seat in Missouri foundered after the comment.

Franks’ original comment Wednesday was: “The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.”

The New York Daily News, "Republican Congressman Clairifies Comments on Pregnancy from Rape."

No need to clarify if all you were saying was what you truly believe, asshole.

Let me be clear: I don’t believe that previously non-raping audience members are going to take to the streets in a rape mob after hearing one rape joke. That’s an absurd and insulting mischaracterization. But I do believe that comedy’s current permissiveness around cavalier, cruel, victim-targeting rape jokes contributes to (that’s contributes—not causes) a culture of young men who don’t understand what it means to take this stuff seriously.

And how did they try and prove me wrong? How did they try to demonstrate that comedy, in general, doesn’t have issues with women? By threatening to rape and kill me, telling me I’m just bitter because I’m too fat to get raped, and suggesting that the debate would have been better if it had just been Jim raping me.

This isn’t just coming from anonymous trolls. Local comics — whom I know and work with — have told me to shut the fuck up. One hopes I’ll fall down a flight of stairs. (He later apologized—to my boyfriend, not me.)

LINDY WEST, writing on Jezebel, "If Comedy Has No Lady Problem, Then Why Am I Getting So Many Rape Threats?"

Two Torrington (Connecticut) High School football players stand accused of sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl. Four others were suspended in a hazing scandal last fall that is still under investigation. One player, the team’s second-highest scorer last fall, was allowed to play even though the team’s coach knew he had been charged with felony robbery and assault.

School officials claim that the sexual assault charges against 18-year-olds Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio, the hazing and other incidents are isolated problems and don’t signal a deeper issue with the culture of Torrington High School, its athletic programs or football team.

Athletic Director Mike McKenna said, “If you think there’s some wild band of athletes that are wandering around then I think you’re mistaken.”

“If you look at crime statistics these things happen everywhere and we’re not any different than any other community,” said McKenna.

But on social media in recent weeks, dozens of athletes and Torrington High School students, male and female, have taunted the 13-year-old victim, calling her a “whore,” criticizing her for “snitching” and “ruining the lives” of the 18-year-old football players, and bullying students who defend her.

The Register Citizen (Litchfield County, CT), "Victim Bullied After Rape Allegations Against Torrington Football Players."

Christ almighty.  That athletic director — and the school administration allowing this dumbass to keep his job — needs to get his macho head out of his dickhole.

Did anyone happen to catch AC 360 on CNN tonight?

  • Because I’m realizing that last night, Anderson brought back Poppy Harlow — she of the sympathetic-to-convicted-rapists live shot — to throw to a soundbite from the victim’s family, and Anderson seemed to go a little overboard in saying that, of course, when a terrible crime like this happens, CNN (or at least his show) is always about telling the story from the victim's standpoint, not the criminals'.
  • I’m wondering if, tonight, Anderson addressed the firestorm around Poppy Harlow’s journalistic fail, though.  He’s so keen on social media — and, apparently, justice — that I’d think there was no way for him to avoid addressing it.

“I’ve never experienced anything like it, Candy. It was incredibly emotional, incredibly difficult even for an outsider like me to watch what happened as these two young men that had such promising futures — star football players, very good students — we literally watched as, they believe, their life fell apart.”

CNN reporter POPPY HARLOW, from outside the courtroom after sentences were handed down to rapists Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond.

"Journalism."  For shame, CNN.

(via The New York Daily News)

Steubenville High School football coach Reno Saccoccia not only knew that two of his players had sexually assaulted a teen-age girl during a booze-fueled night last August, he also tried to shield his athletes from prosecution, evidence presented during last week’s trial of the two players suggests.

Saccoccia, who has won three state championships and has been inducted into the Ohio Coaches Hall of Fame, is just one of the Steubenville coaches, parents and students who could face criminal charges after a grand jury reviews evidence from the case next month.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced on Sunday that he would convene a grand jury on April 15 to determine if criminal charges should be filed against coaches, parents and football players who failed to report shared photos of the assault on social media, failed to report the incident or attempted to cover it up.

“You cannot bring finality to this without the convening of a grand jury,” DeWine said on Sunday, shortly after a judge pronounced “Big Red” quarterback Trent Mays, 17, and receiver Ma’Lik Richmond guilty in the horrific rape of a girl from a nearby West Virginia community. “We have 16 witnesses who would not talk to us.”

The New York Daily News, "Steubenville High School Football Coach Knew Athletes Raped Girl, 16, and Tried to Shield Them From Prosecution"

Two high school football stars were found guilty on Sunday of raping a 16-year-old girl last August, in a case that drew wide attention for the way social media spurred the initial prosecution and later helped galvanize national outrage over the episode. The town’s obsession over its football team, many said, had shielded other teenagers who did little or nothing to protect the girl.

One football player, Trent Mays, 17, who had been a quarterback on the powerhouse Steubenville High School football team, was sentenced to serve at least two years in the state juvenile system, while the other, Ma’lik Richmond, 16, who played wide receiver, was sentenced to serve at least one year. Both could end up in juvenile jail until they are 21, at the discretion of the state Department of Youth Services.

Mr. Mays’s minimum sentence is twice as long as Mr. Richmond’s because he was found to be delinquent beyond a reasonable doubt — the juvenile equivalent of guilty — not just of rape but also of distributing a nude image of a minor.

After Judge Thomas Lipps read his decision in Juvenile Court, both boys broke down and sobbed. Mr. Richmond turned to his lawyer, Walter Madison, and said, “My life is over.”

Mr. Mays apologized to the victim by name, as well as to “her family and the community. No pictures should have been sent around, let alone ever taken.” Mr. Richmond then walked over to where the victim and her family were sitting and said, “I had not intended to do anything like this. I’m sorry to put you through this,” before he broke down, unable to speak any more, and embraced a court officer.

The judge found that both boys had used their fingers to penetrate the girl while she was so drunk in the early hours of Aug. 12 that she lacked the cognitive ability to give her consent for sex. A picture that was circulated among classmates the day after the assault showed the victim naked and passed out. Ohio’s legal definition of rape includes digital penetration.

In sentencing the boys, Judge Lipps described much of the evidence as “profane and ugly” and said rape was among the gravest of crimes. He also said the case was a cautionary lesson in how teenagers talk to their friends and conduct themselves when alcohol is present, and in “how you record things on social media that are so prevalent today.”

The New York Times, "Two Ohio Teenagers Found Guilty In Rape of Girl"

Q:  What happens when you’re a member of a high school football team and you rape a woman who is drunk and you videotape and photograph the entire damnable thing so that there’s really no question of what you did, like, none at all?
A:  Oh, did you say they were on the football team?  Well that’s okay then.
(Photo of Trent Mays [left] and Ma’lik Richmond, members of the Steubenville, OH High School football team and who are both charged with the rape of a classmate while she was intoxicated, by Keith Srakocic / AP via the New York Daily News)

Q:  What happens when you’re a member of a high school football team and you rape a woman who is drunk and you videotape and photograph the entire damnable thing so that there’s really no question of what you did, like, none at all?

A:  Oh, did you say they were on the football team?  Well that’s okay then.

(Photo of Trent Mays [left] and Ma’lik Richmond, members of the Steubenville, OH High School football team and who are both charged with the rape of a classmate while she was intoxicated, by Keith Srakocic / AP via the New York Daily News)