a beaten woman, eye blackened and lip swelling, wrapped in a bathrobe. "Last night I was raped...Where were the police?" she asks.*He further quotes from the ad:
The days when you tought you'd never be the victim of a rape--that it "can't happen to me"--are over....You might be the next victim.Then Josh writes:
Contrary to these images, rape primarily happens between people who know each other. The National Victim Center's 1992 study, Rape in America: A Report to the Nation, revealed that only 22 percent of rape victims were assaulted by someone they had never seen before or did not know well. Furthermore, the majority of rapes occur during childhood and adolescence. More than six out of every 10 rapes occur to children and adolescents under the age of 18. Recognizing that under the Gun Control Act of 1968, persons must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a long gun and 21 years of age to buy a handgun, the gun lobby's arguments ring particularly hollow.Disturbing.
Read it again.
The implication behind those words is this: "Rape happens. Deal with it. Furthermore, it's okay--even morally superior--to be raped. Just as long as you don't have a gun."
*from Every Handgun is Aimed at You, New Press, 2001, p.90 (hardcover edition)