RINJ: The Tory MP who turned rape into a bad joke.

 

What Robert Goguen doesn’t get is that rape is no joke.

Conservative Robert Goguen Member of Canadian Parliament sparked controversy Monday after he clumsily asked a former sex worker about her rape by three men, seemingly to prove a political point.

His cruel exploitation of a victim of gang rape to help him score a cheap rhetorical rape joke was an offence not only to the woman who had to live through this, to those that watched but also to the dignity of Canadian Parliament.

Canada has a rape culture.

The House of Commons justice committee is meeting all week to debate the Harper government’s proposed prostitution legislation, which some sex workers argue could make their jobs more unsafe.

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Former and current sex workers have been invited to express their views about Bill C-36, including Timea Nagy, a victim of human trafficking and founder of Walk With Me Canada Victim Services.

At one point Nagy, who supports the Tories’ legislation, recounted being “raped for about an hour by three different men” at a massage parlour.

The conversation later shifted to the constitutionality of the bill. Some sex workers believe Bill C-36 would limit their freedom of expression by making it illegal to communicate first and ascertain the safety of a situation when conducting so-called interviews prior to engagement as a prostitute.

Some have suggested the bill violates section 2 (b) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which protects the fundamental freedom of “thought, belief, opinion and expression.”

And seemingly out of the blue, Tory MP Robert Goguen asked Nagy if she would have felt her freedom of expression was infringed upon if police had rescued her during her horrific rape.

She didn’t understand the question.

“You were describing a scenario where you were being raped, I believe, by three Russians,” Goguen said.

“Let’s suppose the police authorities would have broken in and rescued you. Would your freedom of expression have been in any way breached?”

“I don’t understand the question,” Nagy replied, after a lengthy pause.

“What I’m saying is, you weren’t freely expressing yourself by being raped by three men,” he said. “If you were rescued, you wouldn’t feel that your rights were violated. You don’t get it. Okay.”

What Robert Goguen doesn’t get is that rape is no joke.

The MP who turned rape into a bad joke.  What Robert Goguen doesn't get is that rape is no joke. Conservative Robert Goguen Member of Canadian Parliament sparked controversy Monday after he clumsily asked a former sex worker about her rape by three men, seemingly to prove a political point. His cruel exploitation of a victim of gang rape to help him score a cheap rhetorical rape joke was an offence not only to the woman who had to live through this, to those that watched but also to the dignity of Canadian Parliament. Canada has a rape culture.

The MP who turned rape into a bad joke.
What Robert Goguen doesn’t get is that rape is no joke.
Conservative Robert Goguen Member of Canadian Parliament sparked controversy Monday after he clumsily asked a former sex worker about her rape by three men, seemingly to prove a political point.
His cruel exploitation of a victim of gang rape to help him score a cheap rhetorical rape joke was an offence not only to the woman who had to live through this, to those that watched but also to the dignity of Canadian Parliament.
Canada has a rape culture.

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