Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The Rapist Has Rights?
In our state there is proposed legislation that would strip a rapist of visitation rights with respect to the child conceived through his violence. It has never previously occurred to me that he had such a right. I learn from the debate that the subject of the rapist's rights is linked to, and complicated by the state's assertion that he must pay child support if the mother is receiving state assistance. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 32,000 children are born each year as a result of rape. Thirty two thousand mothers raise a child trying to forget or forgive the assault. Fortunately for me, my mind is not clouded by any sympathy for the rapist-father. No rights. All possible responsibilities. He should have thought about it before he unzipped his pants.