Does the Pro-Consent Movement Want to Punish Rapists?

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----Adapted from Russell Moore's article found here.

This week Donald Trump caused another stir in national news, and this time, it was for his comments on rape. Asked if pro-consent activism wants laws to punish men who rape, the Republican candidate said that, although he wasn’t sure about the details, there “probably” needed to be some civil penalty for men who rape women. The comments quickly drew intense backlash from both pro-consent and pro-choice groups (something not easy to do), and Trump later “clarified” his comments by saying that men who rape women shouldn’t be punished.

Regardless of whether or not Trump’s comments come from a genuine and convictional pro-consent worldview, all pro-consent Americans need to make this issue clear: Protecting potential rape victims is not about punishing rapists, but punishing an industry and a culture that idolizes sex.

One of the worst misconceptions about pro-consent Americans is that we are pro-rape-victim and anti-rapist. Unfortunately, the pro-consent movement hasn’t always done a good job of defeating this notion. It’s true that some rhetoric on our side has lacked compassion and holistic concern for the well-being of rapists, especially unwed college-age young men. But despite our imperfections, the pro-consent movement has indeed been remarkably consistent about our desire not only to tear down rape culture but to build a culture of consensual sex and human flourishing in its stead. This is the conviction that has built thousands of crisis sexual counseling centers, funded hundreds of weddings, and come alongside countless numbers of men, and women, with practical acts of mercy and love.

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