Colorado Rape Victim Released Tape Of Buck Blaming Her For Her Own Assault.

According to Politico, “A Colorado woman who claims she was raped five years ago has released a taped conversation between her and Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck, the Weld County district attorney, that she says proves he tried to blame her for the episode. The secret recording by the victim, provided to The Colorado Independent, reveals Buck telling the woman the details appeared to show she consented to the sexual encounter, though he admits the woman ‘never said the word ‘yes’.’” [Politico, 10/11/10]

    • Rapist Admitted To Police He Knew Victim Was Not Fully Conscious, Said “No” Three Times During Assault. According to Mother Jones, “When interviewed by law enforcement, the suspect admitted that he knew the victim was drunk and less than fully conscious. He said he remembered the victim saying ‘no’ three times and acknowledged that she rolled away from him when he tried to touch her. The suspect felt ‘shame and regret’ afterwards, he told investigators. Past and present prosecutors and defense attorneys interviewed by Mother Jones say that such admissions represent a potential gold mine for prosecutors—and are unusual in unprosecuted assault cases.” [Mother Jones, 10/26/2010]
    • Woman Was Raped By Former Lover While Drunk, Buck Declined To Prosecute, Saying Jurors Could Think It Was “A Case Of Buyer’s Remorse.” According to Politico, “The recording stems from a December 2005 case in which a woman alleged she was raped while drunk by a former lover whom she had invited over. Buck declined to prosecute the man, telling the Greeley Tribune in 2006 that ‘a jury could very well conclude that this is a case of buyer’s remorse.’” [Politico, 10/11/10]
    • Buck Argued  Victim Appeared To Consent Because She Invited Attacker Over. According to Politico, “’You told him how to get in. … It would appear to me and it appears to others that you invited him over to have sex with him. Whether that you, at that time, were conscious enough to say yes or no?,’ he asked. ‘I’m telling you that’s what the circumstances suggest, to people, including myself, who have looked at it.’” [Politico, 10/11/10]
  • Buck Claimed He Did Not Regret The Way He Spoke To The Victim. According to Politico, “’I don’t regret the way I talked to her. I think it is important that a prosecutor approach a victim with a certain amount of reality, and that’s what I’ve tried to do with this victim. I didn’t blame her at all,’ Buck said.” [Politico, 10/17/10]

Buck Told Voters He Did Not Believe In Rape/Incest Exceptions For Abortion.

During a campaign event in 2010, Buck was asked by a voter, “How do you feel about abortion, are you for abortion, are you against abortion? If you are for it, in what instances would you allow for abortion?” In response, Buck said “I am pro-life, and I will answer the next question, I don’t believe in the exceptions of rape and incest. I believe that the only exception I guess is life of the mother, and that is only if it is truly life of the mother.” [Ken Buck Campaign Event, posted 8/3/10]