Dear Vice Presidential Hopeful Ryan,
I am somewhat perplexed at your condemnation of Todd Akin and his use of the term legitimate rape (“Outrageous,” I think you called it). After all, it is clear that legitimate rape is a synonym for your no less insulting term forcible rape. And don’t you try and wiggle out of forcible rape Akin-style, because forcible rape is the exact terminology you used in the No taxpayer funds for abortion act. Yes, yes forcible was dropped, but I’m sure it meant something to you and your 200+ co-sponsors at the time.
As forcible rape is not a medical term that I, or any doctor with the exception of Ron Paul, am familiar with I need clarification. And frankly, since you introduced us to it I think you should explain it. Otherwise, I’m left with the assumption that your definition involves significant evidence of a physical assault (broken bones, lacerations etc.) and in addition, this event will only be validated as a rape after the victim has completed a rape kit and charges are underway. I guess fear of reprisal, shame, devastation, post-traumatic stress disorder, and distrust of the blame-the-victim defense tactics are silly things, and ought not to get in the way.
My dear Paul (can I call you that? After all, given your interest in helping victims of rape we must be colleagues of sorts), I ask of you only one thing. To watch this video and tell me if it meets your definition of forcible rape. While many women are physically brutalized during their rape, most are raped by friends or acquaintances in a manner such as this. While no bones are broken in this video, it is frightfully realistic for an educational video and the heartbreak is painfully evident, enough so that many rape victims will not be able to watch it.
I eagerly await your reply,
Dr. Jen Gunter MD, FRCS(C), FACOG, DABPM