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Blaming rape victims is wrong

At news conference Wednesday IndianRepublican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock pauses while explaining his comment during debate Tuesday night thwhen woman

At a news conference Wednesday, Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock pauses while explaining his the comment during a debate Tuesday night that when a woman becomes pregnant from a rape, “that’s something God intended.” | Michael Conroy~

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Updated: November 30, 2012 6:09AM

As a rape victim advocate, I want every public official who makes a deplorable, victim-blaming statement to simply say, “I am sorry. I will never say that again.”

Whether a person is a dogcatcher, U.S. senator or president of the United States, that person is out of touch when he or she says that pregnancy as a result of rape is part of a sacred plan.

Every one of us should disavow and demand a true apology from any policymaker who is that unfamiliar with and that unsympathetic to the trauma of rape.

Rape victims need support, not scorn.

Polly Poskin, executive director,

Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Springfield

Obama enforces trade agreements

I know it’s not popular to talk facts, but for those still interested in the truth, here’s one for you: The Obama administration has done more to consistently enforce trade agreements than any administration in 50 years.

The jobs that have been saved and created by these actions are real and being filled by real people.

Part of the story of resurgence in manufacturing is this administration’s commitment to it in all kinds of ways. So if you really want a jobs program, we have one.

I can’t remember an election when the candidates didn’t claim to be hot to do something about China and trade. None of them delivered, until now.

Ephrin Jenkins, Gary

Cops need help to fight crime

Someone please tell the aldermen from the West Side and South Side that, regardless of how many police officers are assigned there, shootings will not stop until the community starts cooperating with the authorities.

Until the community starts to protect itself, these shootings will continue.

Larry Casey, Jefferson Park

If Romney loses, here’s why

Columnist Steve Huntley is already blaming the “liberal media” if Mitt Romney loses. But the reason people didn’t previously see the “reasonable” Mitt Romney that was phonied up in the debates was not due to media spin, it was because of the completely opposite positions Romney took in the primary debates, in his speeches and in his choice of Paul Ryan as a running mate.

Joel Ostrow, Deerfield

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