“I learned how common, everyday words can be so extremely sensitive to survivors of such horrible acts.”
Republican Indiana state Rep. Jim Lucas apologized Saturday after sharing a Facebook post that critics said blamed rape victims for their own attacks.
Indiana House of Reps Republican Caucus
On Monday, Lucas shared a photo of a handwritten letter he penned on official state stationery which urged an IndyStar reporter, who had recently profiled a woman who’d been raped, to write a follow-up story on women “taking steps & learning how not to be a victim.”
The letter said:
After reading your front page article in the Sunday Star about the tragedy of rape, it would be nice to see a follow up article about the thousands of Hoosier women that are taking steps & learning how not to be a victim.