WaPo Political Writer Melinda Henneberger’s Rapist Lives in Dallas

Melinda Henneberger writes the “She The People” blog for the Washington Post. She has an interesting column today about the political battle surrounding Indiana Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock’s recent comment that a rape resulting in pregnancy is “something that God intended.” (See Tina Fey’s take here.) Henneberger has covered Mourdock quite a bit, and she explains why his remark is not as terrible as Todd Akin’s. Most of the column, though, is dedicated to explaining why politicians shouldn’t use the issue of rape to score political points. Near the end of the column, Henneberger explains that she too is a survivor of rape:

“At 26, I myself was raped, by a man who called just before our dinner date to say darn, how embarrassing, his car was in the shop, and could I maybe pick him up at his house instead? I knocked, was promptly thrown on the floor in the entryway, and after the attack, he laughed that no one would believe me, a junior nobody who’d just hit town, over a good-looking, well-off guy like him, who obviously didn’t have any trouble getting a date. Oh, and who is it who’d showed up at whose house again?”

She says she regrets not pressing charges. She doesn’t name the man, but she does say where he lives:

“He could still be playing that trick; if you live in Dallas, Texas and have been thrown onto that same foyer floor, call me, and now I will testify.”


  • Kk

    Paul Ryan thinks it would’ve been a “blessing from God” if she’d gotten pregnant by that revolting rapist. 12 year old pregnant with her fathers baby? Blessing! A mother pregnant from being raped by the man who murdered her husband and children? Blessing!
    Question: these politicians want all women that are impregnated by rapists to have the babies. What happens when the rapists want visitation or shared custody of the kids (after they get parole, say) who pays for the lawyers for THAT nightmare? Will the RNC at least commit to paying those bills? They want all the pregnancies resulting from incest to be born which leads to life long medical problems. There will be no affordable care act – will the RNC commit to paying the medical bills of incest babies? these are questions that really should be part of this conversation THEY have started. Along with the punishment for victims that are able to obtain a back alley abortion, will it just be straight up murder? Are we going for the death penalty for these women, or just life in prison?

  • D. Shapiro

    What a horrible story. Going out on a limb that those politicized rape views are not shared by the majority of Americans regardless of political affiliation. If they are, then I’m glad I’ll be dead in less than 40 years.

  • Avid Reader

    The ACLU would probably pay for those lawyers.

  • Jean Val Jean

    Please, for the love of GOD get it right. Don’t know if you’re doing it on purpose or not, but he said that LIFE, LIFE, is something God intended. Not rape. Not rape resulting in pregnancy as you mentioned.

  • LCM

    Please, for the love of GOD, tell politicians to quit talking about rape. PERIOD.

  • A. B.

    Please, for the love of GOD, tell all journalists to stop asking about rape. PERIOD.

  • CraigT

    @ jean val Jean.
    He said the life, yes. But how did the life get there? If god willed/ planned the life then he willed/planned the rape. You can’t have it both ways.
    From my reading of the bible I am going to go with god planning the rape. Seems in character.

  • Avid Reader

    Don’t be silly A.B.; you know these politicians are just making rape comments out of the blue.

  • LCM

    @ A.B.

    YES – that.

  • Edward

    Jon Stewart on the GOP, ‘If a woman wants to have a baby via IVF she can’t. Rape? She has to.’

    That’s right. With the bill put forth by Vice President Candidate Ryan and the Republicans, IVF (in vitro fertilization) would be illegal.

    But if you got pregnant by being raped, you would be forced to carry the baby to birth.

  • Borborygmus

    I’m still processing who in Dallas raped this woman.

    While it’s commendable that she would be willing to testify for another victim, what if that victim isn’t raped until next week, or next month? Think Sandusky. Aaron Fisher (the first of Sandusky’s victims to come forward against him) wishes nothing more than that one of the previous victims had spoken up before he’d been raped.

  • Dani K.

    She should name him.

  • Laura G.

    She didnt press charges or even file a police report and now wont name this person. Hmmmm.

    Also, the bill Paul Ryan proposed DOES NOT ban abrortion by rape victims, it simply bans the use of tax dollars to pay for it.
    If a rape victim wants an abortion they can get one now and after this bill is passes they will still be able to get one, but the tax payers wont be footing the bill. So many outright lies from the left on this issue and so many stupid women who fall for the emotional one liners coming from the DNC.

  • AnnePage

    I agree with the “Name him” comments. After all… he NEVER thought he would have to ‘Face the Music’. Well, this fat lady is singing! Name him… and take his rapist ass out of Society… put him in the ‘regular Prison population’… and let GOD sort out the rest!

  • Horatio

    @ Laura G. So who do you suppose should pay for the abortion for the rape victim? Where do you think funding for victims of crime comes from? As a tax payer, I am happy for tax dollars go into a fund that can assist in even the slightest way with sucha heinous crime.

  • gisella

    And the Dems are STILL AGAINST women from owning guns to stop a rapist

  • gisella


    then send your money DIRECTLY and stop with the forcing of others to do as you would when its your PERSONAL CHOICE to do so