There are many examples found in United States politics that perpetuate rape culture. Here are only a few:
- Many politicians have made negative comments about rape to support their stances against abortion: “If rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it!” said Clayton Williams of Texas in 1990, causing him to lose the election. Others have used phrases such as “legitimate rape,” “honest rape,” “emergency rape,” and “easy rape.”
- Some people assume that women often use rape as an excuse for regret. In 2006, Ken Buck, a district attorney-turned-politician, once said, “A jury could very well conclude that this is a case of buyer’s remorse… it appears to me that you invited him over to have sex with him,” even though the rapist admitted his crime.
- In 2012, Senator Todd Akin argued his stance on abortion by saying that “legitimate rapes” rarely rarely result