Arizona’s GOP delegation shows its contempt for rape victims yet again

25 Jul 2010 09:55 am
Posted by: Donna

H/T to commenter Todd for linking me to this.

What is it with them? This past Wednesday the House of Representatives passed a bill that would enable authorities on Indian reservations to better coordinate with the Feds to prosecute non-native rape suspects and provide assistance to rape victims. For some reason, 92 members saw fit to vote against it, all of them Republican. The nay votes included our very own Reps Flake, Franks, and Shadegg.

I’ve been searching the internet and not finding any reason for so many Republicans voting against it. Recall that when Republican Senators (including our own Kyl and McCain) voted against the Franken Amendment (which disallows federal contractors from forcing employees who are raped or assaulted into arbitration clauses and was inspired by the brutal rape of KBR employee Jamie Leigh Jones in 2005) the justification was that it was an unbearable imposition upon the poor, dear corporations to open them up to the risk of expensive lawsuits for failing to protect their workers from rape.

HR 725 doesn’t appear to jeopardize precious corporate profits so I’m going to guess the nay votes are the usual Republican whining about government spending on undeserving little people. Women, even.

I certainly hope the local news media take note of this and ask Flake, Franks, and Shadegg to explain their vote against Native rape victims, especially in light of the large number of tribes in Arizona.

UPDATE: Amnesty International provides some background on the issue.


  1. Comment by Timmys Cat on July 26, 2010 10:56 am

    I certainly hope the local news media take note of this and ask…


    Thank you Todd, thank you Hostess for bringing this preventable horror up. Before I Googled it, I was aware of a problem, but not to this degree.
    Not sure how to word my outrage,but I will share some findings.
    Another LGF link. Check out the R for R link.

    Nay vote:
    Michelle Bachman (R-ME)
    Judy Borg Biggert (R-IN)
    Ginny Brown Waite (R-FL)

    Franks website:
    Out of 20 criminals arrested for rape, only one will go to prison and he will be back out on the street in approximately two years or less.

    It only gets more heart rendering worse.

    Thanks for the space to rant.

  2. Comment by Timmys Cat on July 26, 2010 1:19 pm

    Deep sigh. One more.

    Shadegg website:

    Rape Victim’s Fight Precludes Future Victimizations

    Washington, D.C., May 28 – The U.S. House of Representatives today adopted an amendment to deny veterans convicted of forcible rape from receiving full military burial honors. The amendment offered by Congressman John Shadegg (AZ-03) arose out of the rape of a young college graduate…

  3. Comment by todd on July 26, 2010 1:27 pm

    The local media, as a whole, will continue to make the only issue that of undocumented immigration which is exactly what the GOP wants.

    I find it ironic that the issue is driven by lies and distortions in regards to crime and undocumented immigration and yet here we have an issue which is a well documented problem that can actually be improved and yet they seem completely unconcerned with these crime victims.

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