Letter to the Editor: Rape is rape
I read yesterday's OU Daily (Oct. 29th) and was happy to see that the newspaper was covering the under-reported crimes of rape and sexual assault on the OU campus. I was dismayed, however, to see the term "forcible rape" used both in the article and in a glossary defining various sexual crimes.
There is no such thing as "forcible rape." That term has been used by politicians as a way to delegitimize and silence certain women from accusing their rapists and as a means to erode women's legal rights to abortion. Rape is rape. With the exception of statutory rape, rape is not "forcible," "legitimate," "real" or any other qualifier one might want to give it.
Sandie Holguín, associate professor of history and adjunct associate professor of women's and gender studies