Letter to the Editor: Domestic violence and rape are an epidemic in America

I would like to add my voice to the recent letter fromT he Women’s Rights Coalition of Southern Chester County regarding domestic violence and rape. Senator Pat Toomey appears to be grossly indifferent to funding programs to protect women from domestic violence and women and girls who have been raped. His indifference is another form of violence against women.

In a TV interview on March 17, Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland pointed out that there are 400,000 rape kits being held by police and labs in the United States that are not being processed because of lack of funding, and apparently a lack of conscience on the part of the Congress to provide the funds. But, the funding is not forthcoming because of the Neanderthals in Congress who don’t see domestic violence and rape support programs as a national priority, even though domestic violence and rape are an epidemic in America.

A recent survey of college males revealed that 1/3 that they would rape another student if they were sure they could get away with it. I read it on Huffington Post.

(Editor’s Note: this is in reference to a January 9, 2015 article “Nearly One-Third Of College Men In Study Say They Would Commit Rape” posted by the Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/09/college-men-commit-rape-study_n_6445510.html. The Post article references the survey “Denying Rape but Endorsing Forceful Intercourse: Exploring Differences Among Responders” published in the peer-reviewed journal “Violence and Gender” in December. University of North Dakota psychology professor Sarah R. Edwards was the lead researcher.).

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