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Brutal Rapes vs. "Rape of Girl or Lady Who's Inebriated" Missouri GOP Delegate on Akin

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Published on Aug 31, 2012

Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman interviews George Engelbach. Watch entire interview: http://www.democracynow.org/2012/8/30...

Engelbach previously served one term in the Missouri House of Representatives alongside Todd Akin, the congressman who is now running against Claire McCaskill for the Senate. Akin ignited a firestorm by saying it's rare for women to become pregnant from rape, because, "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Engelbach is a member of the Missouri Republican delegation at the national convention here in Tampa. From the floor of the Republican National Convention, Goodman asked Engelbach to comment on what Akin said. Engelbach replied: "It's documented that there is a relatively low conception rate with highly traumatic rapes, rapes that are just brutal." When asked if there was any other type of rape, he said, "Certainly. ... Well, if you'd, for example, rape some girl or lady that was sort of inebriated, maybe a little bit high on drugs or something like that, that's going on all the time, 'slip a Mickey,' as we call it. When I grew up, we called them 'slipped somebody a Mickey.' And, you know, it's non—it's not consensual, and it still happens. And that's the rape that is really hard to prove, many times." He added he doesn't defend Akin's statement, but said, "I forgive him."

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