A Republican state lawmaker has joined the ranks of politicians who “misspeak” when they discuss the rape of an individual.
The latest inductee into the Rhetorical Hall of Shame is Missouri state Rep. Barry Hovis, who declared that most rapes occur during dates or when a woman “consents” to it.
Yes, he called it “consensual rape.” The reason for the discussion in the first place is the Missouri Legislature’s action on a bill that outlaws abortion with only one exception: the health of the mother.
Rape or incest don’t qualify as exceptions, under the proposed Missouri law.
Rep. Hovis, of course, was dead wrong in calling an act of violence against a person to be a “consensual” event. Rape is rape. No one “consents” to being sexually assaulted against their will.
Of course, Hovis said he “misspoke”; he added that he doesn’t believe rape is “consensual.”
Too late, bub. The damage is done.