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Williston, North Dakota: America’s GOP-Dominated Rape Capital?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 2, 2013

Move over, Alaska — you’ve got competition in the “Worst Place for a Woman in America” department:

For North Dakota women, the booming state is becoming a dystopian nightmare rather than a job seeker’s utopian paradise. Rapes and assaults have multiplied in frequency at an alarming rate and Williston has begun to resemble more a 19th century Wild West town than a modern twenty-first century city. With a rate of over one hundred rapes per 100,000 residents, Williston now has a rape rate that is nearly four times the national average. A woman in Williston, North Dakota is four times more likely to report being forcibly raped than a woman living in Los Angeles and over seven times more likely than a woman residing in New York City. Williston’s per capita rape rate is higher than that of any of the 214 US cities with a population of over 100,000 residents, including Detroit, Chicago and New Orleans, cities usually regarded as among the nation’s most dangerous places.

At a time when Williston North Dakota is fighting for the dubious title of “rape capital” of North America, the state’s Republican dominated legislature and Republican Governor Jack Dalrymple have teamed up to pass the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the country, which would ban abortions even in the case of rape or incest after just six weeks of pregnancy (a standard that is set so early that many women are not yet aware they are pregnant). Both the state house and state senate have also passed a resolution calling for a fetal personhood amendment that if approved by voters, would ban all abortions and possibly even most forms of contraception in the state altogether in 2014. Again, no exceptions are allowed for cases involving rape, incest or if the life of the woman is endangered by carrying the pregnancy to term. In a state where rape is on the rise, lawmakers have essentially decided that rape victims must be compelled to carry their pregnancy to term and to give birth to the rapist’s baby.

I think I’ll pass, thanks.

3 Responses to “Williston, North Dakota: America’s GOP-Dominated Rape Capital?”

  1. Gappy said

    North Dakota has been hauling crude oil out of the state for the past two months. There is quite an influx of drivers coming in and the state didn’t plan for enough housing, food, water, etc. to handle the drivers. Cell phone service is a luxury also. I guess if you’re a POS, you’ll rape out of boredom and you can get away with it with impunity. And while I have some friends who live there, any visiting will be them traveling to IL. to be with me.

  2. Charles II said

    Rape and unreasonable restrictions on abortion are natural companions, as forms of tyranny over women.

    I would like to see abortion be safe, legal, and rare, as Bill Clinton promised. That might happen when some state decides to show some leadership, providing comprehensive sex education, contraception for those who cannot afford it, and education programs encouraging respect for women.

    • Phoenix Woman said

      Places like Williston and much of Alaska are places that attract men whose lives and cultural training have been thrown into flux by the killing off of America’s middle class. They want not only the jobs promised by the oil companies, but the freedom to reassert traditional gender and racial roles, most particularly those reinforcing white male privilege. Not for nothing have conservative Alaskans referred for decades to their state as “What America Used To Be” — a concept that reality-based Alaskans hold up for ridicule.

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