The Republican Missouri legislator made the comment whereas talking on the State Home ground, arguing that the measure’s eight-week window for abortions “gives (rape survivors) ample time” for the process.
“I’m not trying to make excuses,” stated Rep Barry Hovis, who represents the town of Jackson in southeastern Missouri. “Sometimes you make a mistake and you own up to it.”
A Republican Missouri legislator apologised on Friday for saying that some sexual assaults are “consensual rapes” throughout a debate over a brand new, restrictive antiabortion invoice.
The lawmaker, who was elected in 2018, made the comment whereas talking on the State Home ground, arguing that the measure’s eight-week window for abortions “gives [rape survivors] ample time” for the process. Critics say many ladies have no idea they’re pregnant till after eight weeks, and the invoice gives no exceptions for rape or incest.
“Let’s just say someone goes out and they’re raped or they’re sexually assaulted one night after a college party – because most of my rapes were not the gentleman jumping out of the bushes that nobody had ever met,” Hovis stated. “That was one or two times out of a hundred. Most of them were date rapes or consensual rapes, which were all terrible.”
The 30-year veteran of the Cape Girardeau Police Division then touched on his expertise dealing with rape circumstances.
Rep Raychel Proudie, a Democrat, shortly rebuked him.
Hovis later advised The Washington Put up that he misspoke and stated he believes “there was no such thing as consensual rape.”
“There is no such thing, no such thing as consensual rape,” she stated to applause from the chamber.
He added that, in all his years in regulation enforcement, he took the testimony of rape victims severely.
“When a rape is reported, and I’ll speak for myself, you always take the word of the victim,” he stated.