Monday, February 18, 2008

"Let's don't go forward"

From: Terri Spahr Nelson
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2008 2:05 PM
Subject: State senator comments on rape

Put this one in the catagory of 'we've still got miles to go in our
education efforts on sexual assault...'

The following comes from the website/blog "Think Progress" at

Tennessee state senator: rape just isn't what it used to be.
Last week, after a debate on amending the Tennessee constitution to
say that it doesn't guarantee the right to abortion, state Sen. Doug
Henry (D) stood up and reflected on how rape has changed:

"Rape, ladies and gentlemen, is not today what rape was. Rape, when I
was learning these things, was the violation of a chaste woman,
against her will, by some party not her spouse. Today it's
simply, "Let's don't go forward with this act."

Go to the link (above) to view the video of his comments in the
legislature or send an e-mail to him at: ( to let him know how wrong
he is about rape and how insensitive he was to all rape victims with
this comment.

Let's keep on doing what we're doing everyday on behalf of rape
victims because we still have a way to go.

Terri Spahr Nelson
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