What Ron Paul meant when he said “honest rape”

CNN’s Piers Morgan challenged Ron Paul about his position on abortion in the case of rape, asking “You have two daughters. You have many granddaughters. If one of them was raped — and I accept it’s a very unlikely thing to happen — but if they were, would you honestly look at them in the eye and say they had to have that child if they were impregnated?” In his wavering response, Ron Paul used the phrase “honest rape,” implying that only some rapes are valid — or as Whoopi Goldberg would say, “rape rape.”

Ron Paul used “honest rape” as code for rapes that fit the prescribed, social narrative of rape: When an innocent, attractive, young woman is attacked by a criminal stranger in a dark alley. Of all the rape narratives that actually exist (incest, partner violence, date rape, acquaintance rape, etc.), this is the only one in which predators “look like” predators and victims “look like” victims. When our predators look like choir boys or world leaders or women, the Ron Pauls of the world are less likely to believe the rape was “honest.” When our victims are not pure and chaste, or young and beautiful, or women, they are less likely to believe the rape was “honest.”

Of course, this is bullshit.

All rape is “honest rape,” no matter who perpetrated it, no matter the victim is (or what she was wearing or drinking), no matter where or how it occurred. The idea that some rape is more valid than other rape is a device used to preserve the false notion that some victims are “asking for it.”

Ron Paul seems to believe that “honest rapes” are rapes that are reported right away. But anyone who knows anything about the reality of rape and sexual assault knows that the majority of rapes go unreported. Why? Because the very idea of “honest rape,” the very same that Ron Paul is propagating, deters victims from coming forward.

Victims worry that their rape might not be taken seriously because they knew their attacker or because they don’t have physical injuries. Sixteen percent of victims say that they fear reprisal, while about six percent don’t report because they believe that the police are “biased.” Biased by what?  The idea that only some rapes are “honest,” and therefore only some victims are credible.

One more thing.

Just as there is no such thing as an “honest rape,” there is no such thing as an “honest abortion.”  You don’t need to be raped–“honestly” or otherwise–in order to deserve the right to terminate a pregnancy. (#justsayin’)

6 thoughts on “What Ron Paul meant when he said “honest rape”

  1. I have to take one issue with Piers Morgan’s question:
    “If one of them was raped — and I accept it’s a very unlikely thing to happen”
    Recent studies have estimated that 1 in 5 women have been raped. I don’t think it’s at all “very unlikely” that one of Paul’s 2 daughters and many granddaughters might themselves be the victims of rape at some point in their life. Maybe something Paul should think about before he spouts off misogynistic crap like that.

  2. I find a bitter, cynical amusement in Ron Paul’s attempted justification for taking abortifacients a few hours/days after a rape.

    Schrödinger’s blastocyst?

  3. Just going to point out this entire paragraph of yours was just a rant on your part with no basis to back it up:

    “Ron Paul used “honest rape” as code for rapes that fit the prescribed, social narrative of rape: When an innocent, attractive, young woman is attacked by a criminal stranger in a dark alley. Of all the rape narratives that actually exist (incest, partner violence, date rape, acquaintance rape, etc.), this is the only one in which predators “look like” predators and victims “look like” victims. When our predators look like choir boys or world leaders or women, the Ron Pauls of the world are less likely to believe the rape was “honest.” When our victims are not pure and chaste, or young and beautiful, or women, they are less likely to believe the rape was “honest.””

    Some pretty nasty assumptions made there, not to mention you’re trying to define “honest rape” which Paul didn’t and you criticized him of supposedly doing.

    Very hypocritical to attack a person for using wording you don’t like and then going ten steps farther with it and creating your own fantasy world for what could possibly make those words painted in the worst light.

    Also it’s a bit of a joke how a Communications major is attempting to pass judgement on someone who worked as an M.D. for more than 30 years.

    But I guess that’s what “talkinreckless” is for, ranting about things you wish were the case about people or topics you dislike, stay classy feminists.

  4. Ron Paul said something

    You attributed a meaning to him and then went on a rant regurgitating tired “feminist” talking points that no one gives a shit about

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