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There’s been a lot of talk about rape lately from the Republican party, specifically from Republican men, whether it’s the discussion of what defines rape or whether rape can actually cause pregnancy or how the official GOP platform on abortion will not include an exemption for victims of rape (or incest or mothers whose lives are in danger.)
Lack of common sense aside, there’s more than a little political positioning going on here, some fuckery on the extreme right that then allows Mitt, the party’s presidential candidate, to swoop in looking like a moderate-seeming Rape Savior by contrast–never mind that his sidekick Paul Ryan seems to have a rape problem, too–who can then say, I’m not as crazy as these dicks! Therefore, I’m pro-women!
But it’s 2012. I’m not fighting for women’s rights only in the case of rape, incest, and life-threatening danger. I’m fighting for women’s rights, period. I should not have to be raped, made the victim of incest, or have some life-threatening condition in order to be allowed to make decisions about my own body.
[CNN: GOP prepares tough anti-abortion platform]
[NY Times: Senate Candidate Provokes Ire With ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment]
[Boston Globe: Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan seek distance from ‘legitimate rape’ remark, but records show narrow support for abortion]
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The story of 36-year-old single mom Seemona Sumasar (detailed earlier this week by the NYT), pictured above, is a pretty sad one. A self-made Morgan Stanley analyst-turned-restaurateur, Sumasar had her life together when she met Jerry Ramrattan (pictured below), who, according to the Times, “said he was a police detective, but never seemed to go to work. He seemed obsessed with C.S.I., Law & Order and other television police dramas.” They started dating, and he ended up moving in. Over time she became suspicious about the fact that he lied constantly, and for the next year begged him to leave, though he refused.
In March of 2009, Ramrattan reportedly cornered her, taped her mouth, and raped her. After she pressed charges, he sent people to intimidate her. When she wouldn’t drop the charges, Ramrattan–free on bail–framed her.
Filed under: Armed Robbery, Cop Dramas, Crimes, CSI, Jerry Ramrattan, Liars, Massive Failings Of The American Justice System, Montages, Rape, Rebuilding, Seemona Sumasar, Unfunny Stuff, Woman Framed For False Crimes