Due to the egregious abortion ban recently signed into law in South Dakota, which does not allow for legal abortions in cases of rape and incest, discussions of rape and its prevalence in our society, as well as its effects, have increased almost exponentially with each day that passes. (For the record, I agree that this lack of exception is wrong, but also believe that any law restricting a woman 's access to a safe and legal abortion is a violation of existing law and of basic human decency.) Rape is the proverbial "elephant in the room " when it comes to gender relations in the United States the public doesn 't know how to handle it, and neither do victims.
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