JIM CREES: Get serious about rape
So ... Rush Limbaugh thinks President Barack Obama is a liar.
OK. That’s reasonable, (for Rush!)
The problem is, this time Rush thinks the president is a liar NOT when it comes to his birth certificate or some other goofy Rush-ian conspiracy silliness, but rather to what the president said about rape in a public service message aired during the Grammys.
The president offered a message of concern about rape and gender violence, but Rush can’t allow anything the president says to go by without some stupid rejoinder.
And Rush, for whatever odd reason, seems to be just as big a unbeliever in rape and domestic violence statistics as he is a detractor of environmental science.
Rape stats are all all made up in his view. Basically, there is no such thing as rape in the Limbaugh camp.
All this talk about raping women is another just a way to castrate good red-blooded men around the nation, according to his way of thinking. In fact, talk about rape is ruining the college experience for a whole generation of guys.
To wit, the frightening rape numbers offered by the president in his PSA were so much “made-up malarkey” said Rush. Limbaugh flat out suggested “the left and the drive-by media” were responsible for what he views as a myth that female college students are raped.
Rush simply doesn’t believe that rape is a real thing. Rape is not unlike unicorns, or the Easter bunny.
Following the president’s PSA, Rush openly and publicly suggested the president was “making up statistics about the number of women who are sexually assaulted ...”
Problem is, the stats used in Obama’s statement were not the fruit of some left-wing, Kenyan speech writer’s pen, but rather were the result of years of research by the Center for Disease Control.
Still, Rush said the president was making stuff up.
Allow me to quote directly from the CDC report:
“In the United States, an estimated 19.3 percent of women and 1.7 percent of men have been raped during their lifetimes; an estimated 1.6 percent of women reported that they were raped in the 12 months preceding the survey. The case count for men reporting rape in the preceding 12 months was too small to produce a statistically reliable prevalence estimate. An estimated 43.9 percent of women and 23.4 percent of men experienced other forms of sexual violence during their lifetimes, including being made to penetrate, sexual coercion, unwanted sexual contact, and non-contact unwanted sexual experiences.
“The percentages of women and men who experienced these other forms of sexual violence victimization in the 12 months preceding the survey were an estimated 5.5 percent and 5.1 percent, respectively.
“An estimated 15.2 percent of women and 5.7 percent of men have been a victim of stalking during their lifetimes. An estimated 4.2 percent of women and 2.1 percent of men were stalked in the 12 months preceding the survey ...”
And more ... and more ... and more ...
And it is not just the CDC and the president who comes out with reports that Rush thinks are fictional.
The American Psychological Association recently reported that “... more than one in three women and more than one in four men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
“Seventy-four percent of all murder-suicides involved an intimate partner (spouse, common-law spouse, ex-spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend). Of these, 96 percent were women killed by their intimate partners.
“One in five female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner. Interpersonal violence is the leading cause of female homicides and injury-related deaths during pregnancy.
“The percentage of women who consider their mental health to be poor is almost three times higher among women with a history of violence than among those without. Women with disabilities have a 40 percent greater risk of intimate partner violence, especially severe violence, than women without disabilities.”
But Rush doesn’t believe it.
He thinks the president was irresponsible in not talking about terrorism and ISIS during his Grammys PSA.
Rush, you dimwit. The president WAS talking about terrorism.
There just aren’t necessarily any Muslims involved.
He was talking about terrorism on a grand scale, and terrorism that is ongoing and continuous down the block and next door.
But we don’t call it terrorism — unless you happen to be a terrified woman or kid being beaten and raped by some guy ... or your husband.
For the love of everything that is sacred Rush, at least get serious about rape and domestic violence.