Sick: Republican Lawmaker Likens 11 Yr Old Rape Victim to a "21 Yr Old Prostitute"
Displaying the standard Republican concern for women and children, Florida GOP lawmaker Kathleen Passidomo had this to say about a recently publicized case in which an 11 year old girl was allegedly brutally gang raped:
There was an article about an 11 year old girl who was gangraped in Texas by 18 young men because she was dressed up like a 21-year-old prostitute. And her parents let her attend school like that. And I think it’s incumbent upon us to create some areas where students can be safe in school and show up in proper attire so what happened in Texas doesn’t happen to our students.
Passidomo made her comments during a subcommittee hearing about the vitally important issue of banning saggy pants in schools. When queried about her horrifying statement, she naturally just deflected the blame: "Thank you for your concern, I was not referring to my own opinion to the cause of the rape, but to the cause implied by a March 8th article of the New York Times."
TheNew York Times piece that serves as the basis for her backpedaling got tons of flak for appearing to sympathize with the alleged perpetrators of the attack. The piece observed that the young girl dressed much older than her age, suggesting that she had brought the attack on herself. Of course, the NYT article merely insinuated grotesque, sexist assumptions about the victim and crime. Passidomo does everyone the favor of illustrating the concept of "rape culture" in a much more helpful, obvious way.
(Amanda Marcotte wrote a great piece for AlterNet about the original screwed-up news coverage of the case. Check it out.)