Vice President Joe Biden, known for his strong and often eyebrow-raising comments, made another interesting statement at an event for the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project recently.
“Why do you think women who get raped, so many don’t report it? They don’t want to get raped again by the system. They don’t want to be put through what they had to be put through,” Biden said on Wednesday.
Despite the strong language, his comment is uncannily accurate to the type of horrors women must endure after being raped in order to pursue legal justice.
Biden acknowledged how domestic abuse cases can become astronomically, or in his words, “God-awful,” expensive for the victims. “It’s intimidating. It’s difficult,” he said.
The event was a benefit for the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, which is an organization through which lawyers volunteer their time to help women in trouble, often providing the legal tools and guidance necessary for victims to file charges against their attackers. Biden’s daughter-in-law, Kathleen Biden, wife of Hunter Biden, serves as vice president of the organization.
During his speech, Biden expressed his gratitude for the lawyers who volunteer their time, as well as to the lawyers and individuals who helped get the Violence Against Woman Act reauthorized earlier this year.
“What you’re doing really matters,” he said. “Thank you because there are so many more women that need your help and children that need your help.”
Later in the speech, Biden continued to praise the work done by the lawyers by quoting his mother, “God love ya. You’re doing God’s work. This is as close as you can come to doing God’s work. People who are abused, because of the excess of power, physical or economical, that is the cardinal sin in my view.”
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), an anti-sexual violence organization, reports that an estimated 54 percent of rapes go unreported every year. This, as Biden said, is largely because legal help can be costly in both time and money, as well as humiliating for the victim who has to relive her experience while litigation drags on for months or years at a time.