GOP Congressional candidate: Raping your wife should not be a crime if "she's in a nightie"

State Sen. Richard H. “Dick” Black is running in the Republican primary in Virginia to replace longtime GOP moderate Rep. Frank Wolf. He should fit right in with other extreme factions in the GOP.

As a state legislator, Black opposed making spousal rape a crime, citing the impossibility of convicting a husband accused of raping his wife “when they’re living together, sleeping in the same bed, she’s in a nightie, and so forth.”













‘Dick’ like many of his conservative colleagues can’t grasp the definition of rape. Dick epitomizes the need for the GOP to stop controlling females.

Mother Jones reports:

Black has referred to emergency contraception, which does not cause abortions, as “baby pesticide.” Black also fought to block a statue of Abraham Lincoln at a former Confederate site in Richmond. He wasn’t sure, he explained at the time, that statues of Lincoln belonged in Virginia. He has argued that abortion is a worse evil than slavery. And once, to demonstrate why libraries should block pornography on their computers, Black invited a TV reporter to film him using a library terminal to watch violent rape porn.

Black entered politics in the late 1990s after retiring as a military prosecutor. He spoke frequently to media outlets about sexual assault in the military, and called military rape “as predictable as human nature.” “Think of yourself at 25,” Black told a newspaper in 1996. “Wouldn’t you love to have a group of 19-year-old girls under your control, day in, day out?”

Black’s first political position was with the Loudoun County Library Board in Northern Virginia, where he wrote a policy blocking pornography on library computers. The move drew national attention. First Amendment litigation against the Loudoun County Library Board struck down Black’s restrictions and wound up costing the county $100,000. During that time period, Loudoun librarians say they only ever received one complaint about porn on their computers—against Black, when he pulled his rape pornography stunt.

In 2003, Black led a fight to prevent a statue of Abraham Lincoln seated with his son Tad from gracing the grounds of the Tredegar Iron Works, a Civil War-era foundry that supplied the Confederate army with cannons. “Putting a statue to [Lincoln] there is sort of like putting the Confederate flag at the Lincoln Memorial,” Black told the Washington Post, adding that the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC ought to be enough. Black even asked the Virginia Attorney General, Republican Jerry Kilgore, to investigate whether any state laws prohibited the National Park Service, which leases Tredegar, from erecting the statue. (None did.)

In 2002, as the Virginia general assembly repealed a ban on spousal rape prosecution, Black wondered if it was really possible for a husband to rape his wife. He said changing the law could cause a man “enormous fear of the damage to his reputation” if his wife ever filed a false rape claim.

As a member of the general assembly, Black introduced the legislation—later copied by then-state Sen. Ken Cuccinelli, the GOP’s 2014 gubernatorial candidate—that would allow Virginians to purchase “Choose Life” license plates, with funds going to Virginia crisis pregnancy centers. Since the plates became available in 2009, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia calculates they have raised $223,000 for these facilities, where staff have been found to tell women, falsely, that abortion increases their chance of breast cancer and infertility.

For two years in a row, Black introduced legislation requiring women younger than 18 to provide a notarized note from a parent before having an abortion. To justify the bill, he said abortion was a greater evil than segregation or slavery. In 2005, according to the Richmond Times Dispatch, he promoted a bill that would have required abortion providers to tell women that a fetus being aborted 20 weeks after conception may be able to feel pain, a medically unsupported claim. Black sent senators plastic figures of fetuses with a letter asking, “Would you kill this child?” as a Senate committee prepared to vote on the bill.

Black was at his most virulent when targeting Virginia’s same-sex couples. He championed legislation to ban same-sex couples from adopting children, claiming that gay men and women are more prone to violence, alcoholism, and suicide. When it became clear the bill would fail, according to a 2005 Washington Post article, he amended it to require adoption agents to investigate whether the prospective parents were “known to engage in current voluntary homosexual activity.”

In 2003, Black tried to pass legislation preventing same-sex couples to apply for low-interest home loans from the Virginia Housing and Development Authority. The current policy, he explained, “subsidize[s] sodomy and adultery.” Black even, in 2005, urged his constituents to picket a local high school that had staged a student’s one-act play about a gay high school football player. Portraying same-sex relationships in “a cute or favorable light,” he contended, put children at risk of contracting HIV. “If I’m the last person on the face of this Earth to vote against legalizing sodomy,” Black once said, “I’ll do it.”

I only took a few excerpts from Mother Jones’ article. It’s worth reading, even though it will or should scare the hell out of you. Any husband who thinks it’s not criminal to commit a violent action on his wife should never hold public office and yet, he does because Republicans vote for this asshole.

  • Linann

    It shouldn’t be a crime to rip the balls off your raper husband.

  • rjcarter

    What I took away from this is that I can access porn at the library.

    • Anomaly 100

      I had no idea. Have to go now.

  • FanOfTravel

    This years Todd Akin.

  • R.J. Carter

    Peer reviewed scientific study (because we like those things):

    • Art Bagnall

      Do you have one (peer reviewed study) for Thalidomide?

      Asbestos? It’s a rock…couldn’t hurt anyone.

      And I thought the Chinese were abortion-forcing Commies. Why trust them? I don’t.

      RJ, are you an oncologist? What are your qualifications for reading medical journals and their data?

      Glad you got through two whole pages. I’ll send you a copy of ‘Dick and Jane Eat Shit’.

  • rjcarter

    How much time did Lorraina Bobbit do?

    • Hank

      Or the woman in Tennessee who shot her sleeping husband in the back because he made her wear high heels?

      • rjcarter

        Any woman with a sense of poetic justice would have stabbed him with a stiletto.

        • DaddyO_969

          That’s funny. How much time did the Bobber do?

  • mea_mark

    I sure hope the women that are tired of being treated like chattel by men vote in 2014. It is time for a new, more evolved era to begin.

    • Nomad

      But that’s the point when they keep warning us that they want to take America back. It’s a coded message. :)

  • Sapphire Possible

    Unfathomable. Are men really this hell-bent on controlling women that they’d enter politics to promote deep seated hatred against them? Wake up call….a woman is not a man’s subordinate or less than a man! Stop trying to control others when you have no control over yourselves!

  • Sapphire Possible

    Per article: Black entered politics in the late 1990s after retiring as a military prosecutor. He spoke frequently to media outlets about sexual assault in the military, and called military rape “as predictable as human nature.” “Think of yourself at 25,” Black told a newspaper in 1996. “Wouldn’t you love to have a group of 19-year-old girls under your control, day in, day out?”

    Very dangerous and callous individual.

    • rjcarter

      Calling it “predictable” is not the same as calling it “normal” or even “okay.” As a military prosecutor, Black knew the kinds of men who had made it into the military, since he had to try them in his role. His description of a 25 year old hormone sack put on a power trip over female subordinates, given that experience, wasn’t all that off the mark.

      • tiredoftea

        Possibly predictable when prosecutor’s like him, and the entire chain of command, show a total lack of interest in preventing rape in the military’s ranks.

        • rjcarter

          Well, now, that’s an entirely different conversation to be had. Tailhook should have been the example that put a stop to this entirely.

          • DaddyO_969

            It didn’t it hasn’t and it won’t until idiots like him are gone from the face of the earth.

          • tiredoftea

            One among many.

      • BlooSoxx

        “Predictable” = “beyond their control”. In other words – when presented with a group of women, most men just can’t control themselves. Buncha BS if you ask me.

        • DaddyO_969

          And, EXACTLY the attitude displayed by the Taliban/Al Qaeda. These ‘people’ are not Christian nor are they human in my opinion. Rather, they are disgusting cowards who live in so much fear of the real world they attempt to force everyone else to their twisted, sick vomit of life.
          And predicable in his context makes it sound acceptable to him, as it appears to be to many of the commanders of our forces. Hardly a humanistic viewpoint. Justifying violence, either physical, psychological or political against ANY group of citizens is absolutely despicable. He should hope none of his treasonous attitude end him in jail. He’ll find out what sodomy REALLY is.

        • M A G

          And doesn’t that just paint a terrible portrait of men? That men just can’t control themselves. Maybe mr black cant control himself, but most of the men I know don’t have a problem at all with their self-control.

      • Shanasmiles

        I think the grievous evidence wasn’t in the word choice of “predictable vs “okay” the bigger issue was the sociopathic musing of “wouldn’t you love” to control a group of young women is disturbing. He assumes everyone, like him, would love to commit sex crimes given the opportunity. I am a female veteran of the US Army and the majority of men in the military are appropriate most of the time. There are sociopaths in every walk of life. This doesn’t mean we should ignore it because it does happen and should be addressed.

        • rjcarter

          He was asking people to look back at when they were younger and stupider. Granted, his grammar should have been better, as he was setting it up for past tense and then continued on in present tense. Now, he does imply that, at 25, he himself would have been young and stupid (and criminal).

          • Shanasmiles

            It’s not the grammar. It’s the supposition that young and stupid means sociopathic sex fiend. We were all young and relatively stupid at one point. But he thinks we were all sociopaths…because he thinks it’s fine to sexually assault women when you’re younger? None of what he said makes sense nor is it acceptable in any fashion. As a female veteran, I cannot stand idiot civvies like this cum stain saying that military members shouldn’t have to have any decency or discipline. That’s complete bullshit. The military is primarily about discipline and order. Any behavior that undermines that destroys unit cohesion, morale, and degrades the fighting force.

  • tiredoftea

    Interesting results. Share it with us when you pay the $39.95 for the full report.

    • Hank

      You mean you would do a better job of reading that than you did with the ACA? 😉

      • tiredoftea

        Congratulations, I see you have recovered your humor for the new year!

    • rjcarter

      True, the journal’s publisher is very capitalistic, wanting people to pay for their journal of “Cancer and Causes.” They do have a “Look Inside” button that lets you see the first two pages, scanned. The conclusion is the same, however:

      IA is significantly associated with an increased risk of breast cancer among Chinese females, and the risk of breast cancer increases as the number of IA increases. If IA were to be confirmed as a risk factor for breast cancer, high rates of IA in China may contribute to increasing breast cancer rates.

      • tiredoftea

        No quibble with the abstract of the paper, I just thought if you were to buy a copy that you would share it.

        • Shanasmiles

          You can use a university library access to get it if available or search the title on pubmed to get it for free.

      • tiredoftea

        Disqus notifications have been goofy today. Here’s a link to the NCI, specifically read the “Background “paragraph which refutes that study:

        I guess the $39.95 wasn’t worth it.

        • rjcarter

          A refutation generally occurs after a study has been published. The NCI link is using data from 2003. The Cancer and Causes journal publishes research from 2013.

          • tiredoftea

            I missed the NCI date, nice catch.

          • rjcarter

            I’m not saying either is wrong. I’m just saying that, maybe, with more research and more evidence, the conclusions might change. Because science. :)

          • tiredoftea

            I understand. I got curious about why there would be a link between abortions and later cancer incidences and did a quick search on the NCI site for additional info. Because science, politics and women’s health.

  • agr8wrld

    So you’re telling me a marriage license gives a man carte blanche for committing a violent crime against his wife? Who knew it was that simple?

  • Carla Akins

    Medical definition: Medical Dictionary
    rape (r?p) n.
    The crime of forcing another person to submit to sex acts, especially sexual intercourse. v. raped ,rap·ing , rapes

    Marital Rape:
    Main Entry: marital rapePart of Speech: nDefinition: sexual intercourse forced by a spouse on the other spouse, against that person’s will

    Date Rape:

    noun sexual intercourse forced by a man upon the woman with whom he has a date.
    Sexual intercourse forced by the victim’s social escort. For example, Date rape is much more common on college campuses than was previously realized . This term originated in the 1980s, when awareness of the phenomenon increased exponentially.

    With 333 forcible rapes reported last year, this was a 67.3 percent increase over the 199 reported the previous year. The increase is in part due to the revised definition of rape by the FBI within the UCR program. The new definition makes rape reporting more accurate.

    Was I Raped?


    The exact definition of “rape,” “sexual assault,” “sexual abuse” and similar terms differs by state. The wording can get confusing, since states often use different words to mean the same thing or use the same words to describe different things. So, for a precise legal definition, you need to check the law in your state. But here are some general guidelines based on the definitions used by the U.S. Justice Department. Please note that these definitions are a bit graphic, which is inevitable when describing crimes this violent.

    Rape is forced sexual intercourse, including vaginal, anal, or oral penetration. Penetration may be by a body part or an object.

    Rape victims may be forced through threats or physical means. In about 8 out of 10 rapes, no weapon is used other than physical force. Anyone may be a victim of rape: women, men or children, straight or gay.

    Sexual assault is unwanted sexual contact that stops short of rape or attempted rape. This includes sexual touching and fondling. (But, be aware: Some states use this term interchangeably with rape.)

    So, how can you figure if what happened was rape? There are a few questions to consider.

    There are three main considerations in judging whether or not a sexual act is consensual (which means that both people are old enough to consent, have the capacity to consent, and agreed to the sexual contact) or is a crime.

    Are the participants old enough to consent? Each state sets an “age of consent,” which is the minimum age someone must be to have sex. People below this age are considered children and cannot legally agree to have sex. In other words, even if the child or teenager says yes, the law says no.

    In most states, the age of consent is 16 or 18. In some states, the age of consent varies according to the age difference between the participants. Generally, “I thought she was 18” is not considered a legal excuse — it’s up to you to make sure your partner is old enough to legally take part.

    Because laws are different in every state, it is important to find out the law in your state. You can call your local crisis center or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE to find out more about the laws in your state.

    Do both people have the capacity to consent? States also define who has the mental and legal capacity to consent. Those with diminished capacity — for example, some people with disabilities, some elderly people and people who have been drugged or are unconscious — may not have the legal ability to agree to have sex.

    These categories and definitions vary widely by state, so it is important to check the law in your state. You can call your local crisis center or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE to find out more about the laws in your state.

    Did both participants agree to take part? Did someone use physical force to make you have sexual contact with him/her? Has someone threatened you to make you have intercourse with them? If so, it is rape.
    It doesn’t matter if you think your partner means yes, or if you’ve already started having sex — “No” also means “Stop.” If you proceed despite your partner’s expressed instruction to stop, you have not only violated basic codes of morality and decency, you may have also committed a crime under the laws of your state (check your state’s laws for specifics).

    Common Questions – please notice, none of these definition asks hoe she was dressed or if she had been drinking or flirting – you know why – because it doesn’tfucking matter. didn’t resist physically – does that mean it isn’t rape?People respond to an assault in different ways. Just because you didn’t resist physically doesn’t mean it wasn’t rape — in fact, many victims make the good judgment that physical resistance would cause the attacker to become more violent. Lack of consent can be express (saying “no”) or it can be implied from the circumstances (for example, if you were under the statutory age of consent, or if you had a mental defect, or if you were afraid to object because the perpetrator threatened you with serious physical injury).

    you’ll noticuse in order to rape your date the person who assaulted me – does that mean it isn’t rape?

    Rape can occur when the offender and the victim have a pre-existing relationship (sometimes called “date rape” or “acquaintance rape”), or even when the offender is the victim’s spouse. It does not matter whether the other person is an ex-boyfriend or a complete stranger, and it doesn’t matter if you’ve had sex in the past. If it is nonconsensual this time, it is rape. (But be aware that a few states still have limitations on when spousal rape is a crime.)

    • Nomad

      Isn’t this remark by Black really an example of the classic rapist excuse? She was asking it (by wearing a nightie) so it can’t be rape. You have to ask yourself, why is rape and sex in general such a difficult subject for conservatives to talk about intelligently.
      The only thing I can come up with is that they are deeply afraid of women.

      • Carla Akins

        Agreed. And the entire reason we (as a society) still struggle) I’m not so sure they’re afraid of women, but possibly their own actions (previous or otherwise) and need a justification.

  • infectious_d

    hmm guess he’s one of those guys who doesn’t understand the whole “no means no” thing, oh well, his casket awaits

  • Carla Akins

    What’s he do when he see a woman in a bikini?

    • make it go away

      I know what they’d do run like hell!!!

  • Nomad

    So what’s a wife supposed to wear to bed to prevent her hubby from sexually assaulting her? A porcupine fur coat and a chastity belt?

    • Angella Patches Wessel

      well they have these scary barbed female condoms, I think we should send his wife one and give him a nasty surprise!

  • Robert Spiess

    Yes Black sure is a dick…

  • dhodge

    Oh Big Dick Black!! Bwahaha!

  • rjcarter

    Isn’t it cute when trolls think they’ve unloaded on you with clarity?

  • Carla Akins

    It almost writes itself.

    • Michael Pearson

      help me lady