Republican Representative Steve King of Iowa is no stranger to controversy or to being asked to resign. Earlier this year King was stripped of his committee assignments by his own party leadership citing his racist, xenophobic and White supremacist statements.
Now King is under fire for comments made about the merits of incest and rape. King told the Westside Conservative Club Wednesday that humanity might not exist if not for rape and incest.
Most people will agree: Sexual predators who target children are bad. However, some GOP legislators and religious leaders are OK with adults having sex with children—as long as they are legally married. A recent flurry of legislation to review the minimum marriage age is pitting the rights of predators against the rights of children, and the predators have a surprisingly amount of support.
The age of consent to marry in most states is 18. However, in several states, if a parent and/or a judge agree to waive that requirement, children as young as 13 can be married, and in 27 states, there is no minimum age to marry. Who wants to marry a child? Well, someone who wants to have sex with a child. And for many GOP legislators who are reviewing their states’ laws on the matter, making it legal makes it OK.
Dr. Ricardo Cruciani was arrested on rape charges in New York City on Tuesday and pled guilty to groping women at a Philadelphia clinic for years in November 2017. The past charges for the neurologist include multiple counts of sexual abuse. According to Philadelphia Magazine, Cruciani "fondled and groped women under his care," "tried to forcibly kiss a woman in his office," "tried to force a woman to touch his penis," and would also masturbate in front of patients. In November 2017, Cruciani pled guilty in Philadelphia Municipal Court to misdemeanor counts of sexually predatory behavior, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He was sentenced to seven years probation and had to register as a sex offender.
According to NJ.com, his latest arrest for rape was spurred by a former patient, Hillary Tullin, 45. Tullin called a sexual abuse hotline last year, alleging that Cruciani repeatedly abused her between 2005 and 2012. Cruciani previously worked at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.
Last week, Texas’s Republican-controlled House voted 95-51 in favor of restricting abortion coverage in health insurance. Under the bill, known as House Bill 214, certain health insurance plans (including Texas’s Affordable Care Act, public employee health plans, and others) would be prohibited from covering abortions. Instead, women wanting abortions covered in their insurance plans would have to purchase private supplemental insurance—even in the cases of women who are victims of rape or incest.
“Women and parents will be faced with the horrific decision of having to purchase ‘rape insurance’ to cover them if they are victimized,” said Democratic Representative Chris Turner. “This is not only ridiculous, but it is cruel.”
Robin Camp, a Canadian Federal Court Justice, should be removed from the bench after he asked a 19-year-old rape survivor why she didn't do anything to protect herself during the alleged attack, according to the Canadian Judicial Council's committee of inquiry.
The case in question took place in 2014 after the young woman accused Alexander Wagar, of Calgary, of raping her over a bathroom sink at a house party. During Wagar's sexual assault trial, according to a notice of allegations posted on the Canadian Judicial Council website, Camp, who was a provincial court judge at the time, asked the young woman: "Why couldn't you just keep your knees together? Why didn't you just sink your bottom down into the basin so he couldn't penetrate you?"
Robin Camp, a Canadian Federal Court Justice faces possible removal from the bench after he asked a 19-year-old rape survivor why she didn't do anything to protect herself during the alleged attack. The case in question took place in 2014 after the young woman accused Alexander Wagar, of Calgary, of raping her over a bathroom sink at a house party. During Wagar's sexual assault trial, according to a notice of allegations posted on the Canadian Judicial Council website, Camp, who was a provincial court judge at the time, asked the young woman: "Why couldn't you just keep your knees together? Why didn't you just sink your bottom down into the basin so he couldn't penetrate you?"
The California Assembly has unanimously approved AB 2888, a measure that will close a loophole in the state's sexual assault laws. The new legislation––which passed 66-0––would require at least a three-year prison sentence for anyone convicted of assaulting an unconscious person. Current California law imposes a prison sentence on people convicted of sexual assault, but not if the case involves victims who are unable to defend themselves. The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature.
The new law is in response to a sentence imposed in June by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, who sentenced Stanford University student Brock Allen Turner to six months in jail for the rape of an unconscious woman. Critics condemned the verdict as too lenient.