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TN state senator: rape just isn’t what it used to be.

By Amanda Terkel  

"TN state senator: rape just isn’t what it used to be."

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Last week, after a debate on amending the Tennessee constitution to say that it doesn’t guarantee the right to abortion, state Sen. Doug Henry (D) stood up and reflected on how rape has changed:

Rape, ladies and gentlemen, is not today what rape was. Rape, when I was learning these things, was the violation of a chaste woman, against her will, by some party not her spouse. Today it’s simply, “Let’s don’t go forward with this act.

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Feministing writes, “Perhaps we should write Sen. Henry an email or two and let him know what has and hasn’t changed about sexual assault in this country?”

UPDATE: Volunteer Voters has more, including a response from Senate Democratic Caucus Spokesman Mark Brown.

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