Sen. Dick Black pulls out of the race!

It's official: Republican Virginia State Sen. Richard H. Black
withdrew from the House race!

On Monday Sen. Black launched his bid to run in the Republican primary in Virginia’s competitive 10th District. That’s when word starting getting out about his radical belief that spousal rape should not be a crime. 

In 2005, when Black served in the Virginia House of Delegates, he questioned whether this type of rape is even possible: "how on earth you could validly get a conviction of a husband-wife rape, when they're living together, sleeping in the same bed, she's in a nightie, and so forth, there's no injury, there's no separation or anything."

These unacceptable and outrageous comments inspired us at Stop Violence Against Women to launch a petition calling for Sen. Black to withdraw his candidacy.

Two days and over 1200 signatures later, he did just that.

Our activism sent an important message to anyone who might seek to minimize marital rape, or any other form of domestic violence: we won't stand for it. 

By preventing Sen. Black from making it into office, we also took an important step towards blocking his dangerous, anti-woman views from becoming laws. 

Together we’re taking down a culture of violence – one rape apologist at a time!

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