When Massachusetts Representative Ryan Fattman discussed his views on immigration and the relationship between illegal immigrants and the police, he made it clear that he believes the victim should weigh the threat of being deported against the benefit of having protection from the police. Stating women “should” feel scared to go to the police if they are victims of assault or sexual assault, Fattman essentially gave a green light to criminals: anyone who appeared to be foreign would be a good target for an attack, since the odds of being punished would go down because the victim would be afraid to report it.
Fattman was given a chance to clarify his comments due to the media uproar that ensued. Instead, he reaffirmed his earlier statement, this time comparing women in the country illegally and getting sexually assaulted to drunks who get in car accidents after having too much to drink.
Via The Phoenix:
According to Fattman, the Telegram quote ignores some key context: “If someone got into a car accident, it’s obviously a tragic event. But if they’re drunk and they crash, it’s a crime,” he explained. ”If that person was drunk and survived the accident they would be afraid to come forward. I think if someone is here illegally they should be afraid to come forward because they should be afraid to be deported.”
I asked him he thought that analogy really held weight. After all, if you drink and crash a car, that’s your fault; if you’re undocumented and get beaten up or raped, it’s absolutely not.
“But if you weren’t here, the crime wouldn’t happen,” Fattman says.
See that? If she didn’t want to be raped, she shouldn’t have been in the country. Just like a car accident is the logical possible outcome of the impaired senses that comes with drinking, being raped is apparently the logical possible outcome of being a woman in this country.
I guess that’s why lawmakers advocate rape insurance.
TAKE ACTION: Tell Massachusetts Republicans that all women deserve basic rights, including the right to report a crime if attacked. Anything declaring an open season on assaulting women who may appear to be immigrants.
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