What is legitimate rape?

I know that this is supposed to be a week of women in Africa and the M.E. – but I can’t help myself.  Mr. Todd Akin’s comment on “legitimate rape” has been just to painful to hear as it has been repitively broadcast  through just about every medium.  And just in case you have no idea what I am talking about please check out this article: Todd Akin sticks his foot in his mouth.  

There is not much for me to say regarding these comments.  It remains unbelievable to me that nearly 4 decades after Roe v. Wade this “great” country spends vasts efforts (and dollars) on discussing abortion.  Why? Why is it that these old white men need to constantly tell women what to do with their bodies?  But the thing that is most intriguing to me is that they want to make it illegal to perform abortions but yet they set up NO institutions or financial support systems to help women carry the child to term.

Check out this great list that gives stats on rape in the US.  Sexual assault and rape are of serious concerns in the US and globally.  And sexual assault as we know doesn’t even begin to touch upon many women who lose their lives to sexual slavery and human trafficking.

I wanted to end this post with  an awesome letter written by the great Eve Ensler who wrote a very appropriate letter to Mr. Akin…