At a recent closed-door meeting Missouri Senate GOP hopeful Josh Hawley said that American “culture” and modern beliefs about contraception have led to sex trafficking. “The sexual revolution has led to exploitation of women,” Hawley said.
Hawley is blaming victims for sex trafficking.
Let’s be clear: linking the horrible crime of sex trafficking with “a cultural shift in the 1960s and 1970s that eliminated the social stigma for premarital sex and contraception” is a thinly disguised attempt to blame women for crimes committed upon women.
Just as disturbing, Josh Hawley is unaware that violence against women is an age-old problem, and apparently thinks it was invented in the 1960s.
Inflammatory, ignorant remarks like these will remind Missouri voters of Congressman Todd Akin, who in 2012 insultingly claimed women were biologically immune to pregnancy resulting from rape as justification for a near-total ban on a woman’s right to chose.
“Let’s not mince words: Josh Hawley is blaming victims for sex trafficking. It’s disgusting and wrong to ever suggest a woman is responsible for her own imprisonment and repeated rape,”said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier.
By Bryan Lowry | January 31, 2018
- During a speech to pastors in Kansas City in December, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley linked the problem of sex trafficking to the sexual revolution of the 1960s.
- During a speech at a “Pastors and Pews” event hosted by the Missouri Renewal Project, Hawley tied the issue to the sexual revolution, the cultural shift in the 1960s and 1970s.
- “We have a human trafficking crisis in our state and in this city and in our country because people are willing to purchase women, young women, and treat them like commodities. There is a market for it. Why is there? Because our culture has completely lost its way. The sexual revolution has led to exploitation of women on a scale that we would never have imagined, never have imagined,” Hawley told the crowd in audio obtained by The Star this week.
- Sexual exploitation has existed since the ancient world and is referenced in the Bible, but during his speech to The Missouri Renewal Project, Hawley linked sex trafficking in the state to cultural movements from the last 50 years.
- “You know what I’m talking about, the 1960s, 1970s, it became commonplace in our culture among our cultural elites, Hollywood, and the media, to talk about, to denigrate the biblical truth about husband and wife, man and woman,” Hawley said.
- Hawley Campaign Spokesperson: “I’m not sure what part was unclear.”
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