Buck Accuses Rape Victim of Just Having “Buyer’s Remorse”


Colorado senate candidate Ken Buck has been trying to soften his stances on abortion and reproductive rights as election day draws nearer, but as more information on the candidate’s disregard for women surfaces, he may never be able to regain his ground.

His reproductive issues stances, from eliminating abortion in almost all cases, including rape and incest, to advocating for the Colorado’s Amendment 62, the so-called “Personhood” amendment (which would define a fertilized egg as a person), has hurt him badly with female voters, and his opponent, Sen. Michael Bennet is cashing in on the issue, according to Colorado’s Greeley Tribune:

Longtime Greeley resident Julie Shade likes Senate candidate Ken Buck, but she doesn’t plan to vote for him.

His stance on abortion — he’s against it, even in the case of rape or incest — turns her off.

“It’s an important enough issue for me, that if that’s his stance, I cannot vote for him,” she said.

Despite an election cycle where concerns about the economy and government spending have dominated public opinion, abortion has taken on greater importance in Colorado’s U.S. Senate race as incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. has sought to maximize his advantage among women voters. A Denver Post-9News poll done in conjunction with The Tribune and released last week shows Buck trailing among women 49 percent to 44 percent.

Shade, 73, was a Republican until she dropped her party affiliation in the mid-2000s because of concerns about what she said is the party’s ever-increasing social conservatism. She admits that even when she was a registered Republican, she was more socially liberal than many of her party colleagues. She said the party has squeezed out moderates.

“I don’t want to lay it just on Buck, because what’s happened this year is several other candidates are saying they feel this way, including women,” she said. “I want to be fair to Ken because I think running for office is a very arduous task.”

Shade said she respects people who believe strongly that life begins at conception, but she thinks it shouldn’t be a political issue.

“There’s something so insulting, as a woman, to feel that anybody thinks that they have a right to intrude on such a personal, private, heart-breaking matter, but particularly in the instance of incest or rape,” she said. “This issue is very, very important. Anybody who chooses to take that stance is somebody I disagree with, male or female.”

Newsblaze believes that the erosion of female support for Buck as the campaign wraps up could be the key factor to what they predict will be an eventual loss for the Tea Party candidate.

[W]omen voters will play a large role in the outcome of the election in Colorado. Statistics are showing a 16 percentage point gender gap in support of Bennet by women, however, men tend to favor Buck by 15 percentage points. As more women see this abortion ad and realize Buck’s stance on abortion (such as his flip-flop on Amendment 62), Bennet will gain ground in the polls.

And Buck’s standing with women could be hurt even further now with reports that he refused to prosecute a rape case, instead blaming the victim and calling it a likely case of “buyer’s remorse.”  The Colorado Independent reports:

With any other victim, this case may have ended when Buck refused to charge the man with a crime.

This victim, though, has worked as a rape victims’ advocate, and she refused to let the matter drop. When her meeting with Buck got her nowhere, she organized a protest rally at the DA’s office. She spoke with the media. Buck was forced to respond.

He said the facts in the case didn’t warrant prosecution. “A jury could very well conclude that this is a case of buyer’s remorse,” he told the Greeley Tribune in March 2006. He went on to publicly call the facts in the case “pitiful.”

If he had handled it with a little more sensitivity, the victim, who does not want her name used, says it is possible she may have accepted the decision and moved on. But Buck’s words — as much as his refusal to prosecute — still burn in her ears.

“That comment made me feel horrible,” she told the Colorado Independent last week. “The offender admitted he did it, but Ken Buck said I was to blame. Had he (Buck) not attacked me, I might have let it go. But he put the blame on me, and I was furious. I still am furious,” she said.

It wasn’t just his public remarks that infuriated the woman. In the private meeting, which she recorded, he told her, “It appears to me … that you invited him over to have sex with him.”

He also said he thought she might have a motive to file rape charges as a way of retaliating against the man for some ill will left over from when they had been lovers more than a year earlier. Buck also comes off on this tape as being at least as concerned with the woman’s sexual history and alcohol consumption as he is with other facts of the case.

Buck’s past has made it quite clear his views on women, from blaming victims to forcing them to carry unwanted pregnancies. Should Bennet’s campaign continue to capitalize on these revelations, there is no doubt Buck’s female support will continue to erode.

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  • crowepps

    The offender admitted he did it, but Ken Buck said I was to blame.

    It absolutely boggled me that after getting a CONFESSION from the perpetrator, Buck insisted that no prosecutor would take the case because ‘she invited him over’ and that meant, OBVIOUSLY, that she wanted to have sex with him.

     

    Women out there, if Buck knocks on your door during the campaign, DON’T invite him in!  He’ll figure you’re ‘asking for it’.

  • crowepps

     

       

    Two Michigan State University basketball players accused of sexually assaulting a young woman in their dorm are off the hook

     

    …He told investigators that when it was clear from the victim’s statements that she did not want to have sex, he stopped. However, the other player continued ‘despite her reluctance and statements that she did not want to continue.’ The victim confirms that player’s account.

    The player told detectives he was concerned “over the girl’s reaction to the circumstances,” noting she was “timid” and “not aggressive.” The player then admitted to detectives that he understood how the woman believed she was not welcome to leave the room, in part because she kept referencing that the two were “bigger” than her.

    Given the player’s affirmation of the victim’s statement, the case against the men should have been a “slam dunk.” Accordingly, the MSU Police Department wasted no time sending their report to the prosecutor’s office, with the recommendation that both men be charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct 1, the severest level of sexual assault under Michigan law.

    But the assigned prosecutor, Stuart Dunnings, has declined to press charges against the athletes, saying that the prosecutor’s office is not convinced that force or coercion occurred in this case (a judgment directly contradicted by the police report), and that the victim herself chose not to press charges (a claim denied by the victim).

    http://www.alternet.org/reproductivejustice/148460/shocking%3A_college_rapists_almost_always_get_off_the_hook?page=entire

  • learning

    Men who care about the women in their lives get angry too.

    Ken Buck says people should vote for him because “I don’t wear high heels”.  Think about your wife, mother, daughter right out of school, or friend being passed over for a job, because they are a woman.

    Think about your daughter being raped by a man who admitted she said no, and finding that the prosecutor looked down on her, and would not bring charges. 

    Men get just as angry about this as women do.

  • arekushieru

    And…?  We’re not saying they don’t….

  • crowepps

    Witnesses Say Cops Make Rape Cases Go Away

    Friday, September 17, 2010

    (WOMENSENEWS)–Sarah Reedy was working at a Gulf Station in Cranberry, Pa., in 2004 when a man came into the store and held the 19-year-old at gunpoint. After robbing the register, he held the gun to her temple and forced her to give him oral sex.

    She immediately called 911. Detective Frank Evanson didn’t believe her story.

    Instead, he accused her of stealing the money herself. Police arrested her six months later for theft, despite several rape cases mirroring her own. She was in jail for five days before being released on bail, all while four months pregnant. Her long road came to an end when her attacker, a serial rapist, was caught and confessed to the assault.

    http://www.womensenews.org/story/rape/100916/witnesses-say-cops-make-rape-cases-go-away

  • ahunt

    Gee , thanks  crowepps.

     

    Lemme just go bleach my brain.

     

    Ken Buck must not win in Colorado…my old stomping ground.

  • forced-birth-rape

    ~ This is sickening, I am so sorry for her. ~

  • crowepps

    This comment underneath the article was really — staggering:

     

    One week ago tonight I was in downtown Portland Oregon with my little sister and another friend to see a friend’s band play. After leaving the show at around 2:30 am we walked around and saw a small woman who was so intoxicated that she couldn’t stand on her own surrounded by 4 men. When I went over to offer her help I was verbally attacked by the men, who admitted that they didn’t know her, but continued to “flirt” with her. I called the police, and when they finally arrived one of the men was literally carrying her off. Rather than try to talk to the young woman, asking the man who he was, or where they were going. The police did not even exit their vehicle, and simply stated “She has the right to go home with whomever she chooses.” I yelled that it didn’t really seem like she was “choosing” anything right now, and the police drove away.

    I pray that she got home safe, and I know that the Portland police department will not protect me.

    And apparently playing the shell game with rape is a country wide fad among cops:

    Philadelphia was not alone. Newspapers across the country contacted Tracy with similar stories about the shelving of rape reports in New York City, Baltimore, New Orleans, St. Louis, Milwaukee and Cleveland.

    “Initially I thought the reports of egregious police conduct were isolated incidents. However, viewing the totality of the news accounts, it is clear that we are seeing chronic and systemic patterns,” said Tracy.

    The Baltimore Sun found the number of rape cases reported had declined by 80 percent since 1992, while the percentage of rape cases classified as “unfounded,” or not worthy of investigation, had tripled.

    The New York Times reported that the number of rapes in New York City declined more than 35 percent between 2005 and 2009, yet the number of sex crimes classified as misdemeanors rose 6 percent with a dramatic increase in forcible rape complaints classified as “unfounded.”

    So in order to get an abortion you have to prove you filed a police report but the police are going to throw it away and then what happens?  No abortion for you?  No wonder women don’t report!