"His name is Richard Black, and he’s currently a state senator. When Virginia voted to allow spouses to be prosecuted for rape, Black opposed it and questioned whether marital rape is even possible, saying "when they’re living together, sleeping in the same bed, she’s in a nightie, and so forth."
…When candidates for public office aren’t met with the outrage they deserve for their offensive and incredibly dangerous comments, it only emboldens them to push radical anti-woman policies once they are in office. We can change that cycle by speaking out today.
Women are not property. Marital rape is a crime and a very serious instance of domestic violence. And it is a shame that we have to make these things clear in 2014. Can you sign the petition to the National Republican Campaign Committee asking them to denounce Richard Black?
“Daisy Coleman* is a hero.
In January 2012, when she was only 14 years old, Daisy was raped and dumped, unconscious, on her front lawn in the middle of a freezing cold night.1
She went to the police, but instead of getting justice, she was bullied, harassed, and tormented by supporters of her rapist—a high school football player whose family has influential political ties. Her mom was fired from her job. Her house was literally burned down.2
Every step of the way, Daisy has refused to be silenced. When her case stalled, she went public and told her story to the world. But the harassment continued right up until last week, when Daisy tried to take her own life.3
Yesterday, the unthinkable happened. Despite video of the rape being passed around her school4 and a rape kit being performed the morning after the attack,5 a Special Prosecutor announced that no rape charges would be filed. Instead her rapist would face a misdemeanor charge and probation.6
At this dark time, it is important to show Daisy that there are millions of us all around the country who thank her for her bravery in speaking out. As she recovers from her suicide attempt, let’s fill her room with thousands of cards from all over the country showing her support. It’s easy to believe the world consists of only bullies and rape apologists, when you’ve experienced the level of harassment day in and day out that drove Daisy to want to take her life.
But Daisy and her family deserve to know there are thousands of us who think she is one of the bravest people we know. That there are thousands of us who are not giving up on fighting rape culture. That’s why we’re collecting thousands of personal notes of thanks and support for Daisy. We’re printing them all and delivering them to her in Missouri. Can you add your note?