When I was about 8 or 9 I joined a girl scout troop and the motto for all scouts is be prepared. You performed task, you earned badges for being prepared. You could earn badges for all kinds of things like
- ~ getting fit
- ~ attending a girl scout trip
- ~ going to a museum
- ~ helping the elderly
- ~ Being raped.... *RECORD SCRATCH*
This outlandish comment was made after DeGraaf approved a ban on health insurance companies not covering abortions with standard coverage. DeGraff also suggested that rape victims not be covered. When his colleagues disagreed and challenged him (I'd like to think hell was raised) he simply responded
"We do need to plan ahead, don't we, in life?""I have a spare tire on my car.""I also have life insurance," he added. "I have a lot of things that I plan ahead for."
REALLY? How does a woman plan ahead for physically and mentally violation? Rape is not like a stolen kiss, it's a crime. Men that commit rape often have issues with power and want to dominate the woman they are violating. There is no way to prepare for that! But I guess DeGraaf thinks that if you scream loud enough or ask the perpetrator to use a condom, you're prepared. You've prevented a possible pregnancy, while losing your mind, body and soul. There is no victory in that.
When I was in college I attended a take back the night event on campus, none of the women in the crowd or that spoke that night thought yeah well IF I WAS PREPARED I wouldn't feel violated. No they we're scared, hurt and would fight their entire life to overcome the violent nature of these crime.We all cried that night, we bonded and we vowed to stand by each other if ever this was to happen to anyone we loved, that is as prepared as we will ever be.
I posted this article on my FB page because it needed to be shared. People need to see that at every turn, the g.o.p under the disguise of conservatism is attacking women. They use religion, the bible, and labels like traditional institutions and family values to put you in your place. Your womanhood is a threat to their manhood (and their stepford wives) and therefore your rights need to be taken away. It's a disgusting trend that seems to be sweeping across this country. I don't wish harm on any women and I pray that for DeGraaf sake he never has to be the man on the other end of the phone that hears his wife, daughter, grand daughter or any women in his family has been victimized. That they were not prepared.
It doesn't matter what your stance on abortion we all need to stand up and tell DeGaaf that his comments and stance on rape are unacceptable. His information is listed in the link before but just in case here they go again:
DeGraaf's Web site:
office number as 785-296-7693
home phone as 316-777-0715 -
1545 E. 119th St. Mulvane, KS 67110
Email:firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com