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1 in 9 Florida Women Raped

Governor Scott and Senator Rubio continue to wage the Republican war on women by cutting protections against rape and violence.

Every time I drive home late at night from work, I’m haunted by the statistics that one in nine Florida women are victims of rape. Sadly less than 40 percent of those rapes are reported.

April was National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. During this nationally recognized period, women raise awareness, provide education, and promote conversation around sexual violence prevention.

To commemorate the month, Governor Scott and Senator Rubio struck to eliminate programs designed to protect women from rape and families from domestic abuse.

  • Rick Scott vetoed $1.5 million from the state's budget for rape crisis prevention centers — and when pressed, his office responded that "nobody was able to make it clear to [the governor] why rape crisis centers needed the new funding.” Perhaps Scott just wasn’t listening.
  • On the heels of Gov. Scott's veto, Senator Marco Rubio voted against re-authorizing the Violence Against Women Act — a federal law that protects women and families from domestic abuse and sex crimes. All 31 of the “no” votes came from Republican men. At least Florida has one senator – Senator Bill Nelson – who stands up for women.

It's a tragedy that the GOP in Florida is willing to put politics ahead of the safety of our sisters, our mothers, and our children. These attacks on programs that protect women’s health and safety mark a new low in the ongoing GOP War on Women. 

With sex crimes in Florida continuing to rise, women will understand that the GOP War on Women is more than just political rhetoric. The phrase reflects real actions by our elected representatives -- actions that have consequences for thousands of women. 

Women will understand, and women will vote.

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Ruthiness May 10, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Page 6 of the cited report "One in Nine Women in Florida" victims of rape BS: It is important to note that the methodology we used to estimate the prevalence of rape in Florida is no substitute for conducting a well-designed victimization survey within the state. This point is highlighted by a comparison we did of rape prevalence estimates obtained in a recently completed victimization survey and estimates obtained using the methodology we used for this report. This survey of Washington State women included questions about rape that were similar to victimization questions in the NWS and NVAW. The use of similar questions for each survey enabled us to compare the results of the Washington State survey against our estimate for Washington of the prevalence of rape among women (our estimate for Washington was made using the same methodology described in this Report). We found that our estimate was substantially lower than the estimate obtained from the Washington State survey. This confirms the importance of conducting state level victimization surveys using good methodology.
Ruthiness May 10, 2012 at 04:25 PM
drd - I live in Florida now - and I am a woman - and I read the local news of Florida - and hardly ever do I see a report on a rape or attempted rape in Florida. But my point is that this entire "One in Nine" BS is coming from a FLAWED 2003 report that includes women EVER RAPED IN THEIR ENTIRE LIFETIME - NOT WHILE NECESSARILY LIVING IN FLORIDA. I take exception to people skewing reports and statistics to make Florida sound like a dangerous place to live when it is actually one of the safest. I feel safer here in Florida than I did living in PA. And "programs" cost money and if you liberals didn't push giving away the country to every non-productive person to give them money and houses from our tax money then you wouldn't be faced with losing funding for your precious pet projects. I repeat - rapes are not a problem in Florida any more than anywhere else in this nation and it is a complete lie to say otherwise.
Ruthiness May 10, 2012 at 04:28 PM
And Rita - this line in your editorial reveals just how much of a puppet you are now that everyone can plainly see that rape in Florida is not the big deal you are making it out to be - not EVEN in 2003 when the report you cite was made!!!! "With sex crimes in Florida continuing to rise, women will understand that the GOP War on Women is more than just political rhetoric. The phrase reflects real actions by our elected representatives -- actions that have consequences for thousands of women. " Sex crimes are absolutely NOT rising in Florida - why do you LIE Rita?????? WHY?? You Dems are really desperate it seems
Ruthiness May 10, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Here's yet another point - Dems are using this "One in Nine Women Raped in Florida" BS report to attack votes against MORE funding for "Rape Crisis Centers" - when was the last time a Rape Crisis Center PREVENTED a RAPE? Rape Crisis Centers are for AFTER THE FACT. Funding for Rape Crisis Centers does not PREVENT RAPES AND NEVER WILL!
Ogalley May 10, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Ruthinesssays " Funding for Rape Crisis Centers does not PREVENT RAPES AND NEVER WILL!". That shows you don't know what you are talking about. The SPARC organization provides a safe place for hundreds of women who are threatened with abuse, thereby protecting them from rape and other kinds of domestic violence.

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