Ask Idaho State Legislators to Stop Condemning Rape Victims

Don't rape

Target: Idaho State legislators

Goal: Change current laws regarding what actions classify legitimate cases of rape

The state of Idaho currently has specific laws about rape. In order for rape to be considered “rape,” the victim has to have made an effort to fight back against their assailant. If the victim has not made an attempt to stop the rapist in any way, either verbally or physically, the actions of the rapist are not constituted as rape.

These laws are extremely unfair to victims of rape. Not all victims are able to “fight” back against their assailants. Some victims hesitate and become paralyzed by their fear; some victims believe that fighting back will only lead to physical harm or even death.

When faced with such a life-and-death decision, some victims will choose to ultimately protect their lives rather than taking the risks of angering their assailant. Failing to “fight back” should not be a defining factor when deciding whether a victim is legitimately raped or not. Not “fighting” back is not equivalent to giving the assailant consent to continue their actions. Rape is rape no matter how you view it. Victims should not be punished for a crime that has been committed against them.

Currently, Idaho rape laws place the responsibility of being raped upon the victim; if the victim does not “fight” back, they are allowing themselves to be raped. The rights of of the victim are being threatened while the rights of the assailant are being protected. Victims of rape have been through enough and are already traumatized by the crime committed against them.

It is unnecessary and unfair to even suggest that a victim of rape is not in fact a victim simply because they were too frightened to “fight” back against their assailant. Help victims obtain the justice they deserve. Sign the petition below to urge Idaho State legislators to change current rape laws and to stop placing the responsibility of being raped upon victims instead of assailants.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Idaho State legislators,

Your current laws regarding rape do not protect the rights of victims who have been raped. As the laws currently stand, a victim must have “fought” back against their assailant in order for the action to be constituted as rape. This ultimately places the responsibility of being raped upon the victim and not the assailant.

Victims of rape should not have their rights stripped from them simply because they were not able to “fight” back at the time of rape. There are many other factors that can explain why a victim was not able to fight back. A victim might have been extremely frightened by the rapist, enough to be paralyzed by their fear. Regardless of why a victim was not able to fight back against their assailant, not fighting back does not make the act of rape okay. Rape is never okay.

I am urging you to defend the rights of rape victims. Do not deny them the protection and justice they deserve merely because they did not “fight” back. Instead of condemning them, help them actually fight back against their assailants. Please take the action to change your current laws regarding rape. Stop holding the victims of rape responsible and start placing full responsibly upon the assailants. By honoring their rights as rape victims, you are giving them the courage to fight back against assailants they were initially powerless against.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Blame and jail the people who do the raping, stop blaming the victim

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