Georgia Republican Bobbby Franklin wants to change the wording of rape laws to redefine victims of rape as “accusers”.
As a survivor, I find this positively revolting. It is hard enough when you are the victim of a sexual assault, but now to have the extra burden of being called an ‘accuser’? Let’s just add one more reason why a rape victim might not come forward to the police.
It’s clearly not enough that:
Now let’s make sure that the survivor of a sexual assault has just one more thing to deal with by calling them an accuser. Let’s imply that they are simply accusing someone of rape, leaving the strong possibility that they are lying.
So, Bobby Franklin, as a survivor, as a woman, and more importantly - as a human being - I’d like you to fuck off.
If you would like to personally tell Bobby Franklin to fuck off, you may contact his office by e-mailing him: firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 404.656.0152 or writing him at 401 Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Atlanta, Georgia 30334.
I’d also like to add that I recently posted about the House Republicans wanting to redefine rape to ‘forcible rape’, discounting a number of assaults with that limited scope. I am pleased to say the language has been removed from the bill after considerable criticism, but the bill is still on the table so there’s still work to be done to protect the bodily autonomy of women.
Source: The Huffington Post