Kirsten Skinner 
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Re: “Kansas Rep. Pete DeGraaf: Being impregnated during a rape is just like getting a flat tire

My letter to him via his e-mail address:

Dear sir;

I want to start by saying just how outraged I am that you would make a statement that in its essence links rape to something like a flat tire that women need to prepare for. I would like to know how a woman is supposed to prepare for rape. I also would like to know if you really believe that rape is all about sex. Do you really think that a rapist is going to put on a condom before he rapes a woman?

I have been raped, and it was not about sex, I was in jeans and a sweatshirt, and the jeans were baggy as was the sweat shirt. It is about power, that is all rape is, a power trip for the person. It is about taking the victim’s power away from them, making them helpless and taking advantage of that helplessness. The physical scars heal in a few months, if you are lucky and are not beaten black and blue and you don’t get pregnant because the perpetrator did not use protection. The emotional and psychological scars take much longer to even begin to heal. After my rape I could not let a man near me, not even my father could hug me without me cringing because he was male.

I wonder if you would be singing the same song if your wife, or daughter, or granddaughter were ever raped and just happened to get pregnant. Would you still see it as something she should have planned for? Rape is horrible and evil, and you have no clue. My grandmother told me that I should not say anything about a topic which I know nothing about, perhaps you should heed my grandmother’s advice as well. I have kept this civil, even though it is difficult at this current time because I need a clear concise way to tell you that you are out of touch with reality.



Sincerely,

Kirsten Skinner

23 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Kirsten Skinner on 03/25/2012 at 9:19 AM

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