In a powerful three-point punch to her opponent Todd Akin’s damning remarks on “legitimate rape,” Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill released a blitz of TV spots featuring testimonials from rape survivors.
One ad features Diana—a self-described Republican, pro-life mother, and rape survivor. Another stars Rachel who shares how she was “brutally raped in a home invasion.” A third highlights Joanie, another pro-life mother and survivor of an “extremely violent sexual assault.”
All three women are uniting with McCaskill to take down Akin in the Missouri Senate race.
“What Todd Akin said was offensive, but what he believes is worse,” Diana says in the ad. “I have never voted for Claire McCaskill. But because of Todd Akin, I will now.”
With just four weeks left in the general election, McCaskill is directly hitting Akin on his now infamous remarks that rape victims are able to “shut that whole thing down,” in a bid to exemplify not only his character, but the types of policy he would be inclined to initiate. Akin has already voiced opposition to emergency contraceptives—with no exceptions for cases of rape or incest—and McCaskill leaves the door open on the implications for victims of sexual assault.
“Todd Akin apologized for implying there is such a thing as legitimate rape,” Joanie says in one TV spot. “He may have misspoken, but I believe he showed his true colors and his true intent of what he intends to do if elected.”
“As a woman of faith, I must forgive Todd Akin,” Joanie adds. “But as a voter, it’s not something I can forget.”