Don’t let them redefine rape

 Why are sexually abusive tactics necessary for interrogations?

It’s a question we’re wondering when looking at the deal struck between President Bush and Congress last Thursday.  That deal would revert the U.S. to an out-dated definition of rape and sexual abuse that could exclude acts currently considered abusive.  Are abusive sexual tactics somehow necessary when we interrogate detainees? Please call Congress today and tell them you’re outraged.

Examples of what could be allowed under this new deal include ordering a terrified female prisoner to strip and dance, making a male prisoner strip and wear women’s underwear on his head or photographing naked prisoners piled together, that latter two which happened in Abu Ghraib. Furthermore, the new bill could make prosecution for rape and sexual assault more difficult by requiring proof of specific intent to commit the crime, something generally hard to prove in cases of rape or sexual assault. The America we believe in does not use sexually abusive tactics to interrogate.  The America we believe in leads the world on human rights.

Call 1 800 AMNESTY and our operators will connect you to your official or call the Congressional switch board directly at 202-224-3121. Let the person on the phone know that you are a constituent, and tell them:

  • Congress should not rush to pass a bill that sets this country back on the legal standards for rape, sexual abuse and other forms of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, and
  • Congress should not give a free pass to those who commit such abuses.
  • Vote no on any legislation that includes these troubling provisions.

After you’ve made your call, tell report back on how it went here.

Thank you.

Larry Cox
Executive Director
Amnesty International USA

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