Former GOP Lawmaker: Bible Says No Rape Unless Woman Screams

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Former GOP Lawmaker: Bible Says No Rape Unless Woman Screams October 17, 2018 Michael Stone

Former GOP lawmaker and Christian pastor Don Boys is using the Bible to defend his claim that if a woman doesn’t scream, she hasn’t been raped.

Boys made headlines earlier this year during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings when he defended the Supreme Court nominee by suggesting that because no one heard Dr. Christine Blasey Ford scream while Kavanaugh was sexually assaulting her, she could not have been raped. Boys made this absurd argument by referencing the Bible.

Boys wrote:

Rape is having sex with a woman while she screams for help. No scream, no rape according to Deuteronomy 22:23-24. [Christine Blasey] Ford says Kavanaugh held his hand over her mouth so did she scream for help when his hand was elsewhere? After all, it was in a bedroom of a house; surely, one of the other 4 teens could have heard him scream when she bit his hand.

Did she bite his hand? Poke him in the eye? Women know instinctively how to protect their honor: screaming, shouting, slapping, spitting, slugging, and stabbing with a finger, pencil, or hat pin. Since she did not cry out or stab him, I will not believe her without a film of the event.

For the record, Deuteronomy 22:23-24 (New International Version) reads:

No Rape Unless Woman Screams
No Rape Unless Woman Screams

If a man happens to meet in a town a virgin pledged to be married and he sleeps with her,

you shall take both of them to the gate of that town and stone them to death—the young woman because she was in a town and did not scream for help, and the man because he violated another man’s wife. You must purge the evil from among you.

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In other words, according to the Bible, and conservative Christians like Boys, if the woman doesn’t scream, even if she is prevented from screaming because her attacker has his hand over her mouth, the woman is at fault.

In a follow-up post, Boys reiterated his absurd claim, insisting that the Bible is right, while denouncing his critics as “screaming feminists.”

Boys writes:

Well, everyone has to have a foundation for what he or she believes and I choose to believe the Bible as being the inspired, inerrant, infallible, and indispensable standard for my life…

So, the Bible and thousands of years of history support the fact that a rape victim must resist or there is no rape.

Screaming feminists obviously do not believe in that high view of justice for all…

Bottom line: Don Boys, former member of the Indiana House of Representatives and Christian pastor, insists that the Bible is true, and that if there is no scream, then there is no rape.

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