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Joe Biden's Clumsy Use of 'Rape' Raises Eyebrows at Fundraiser

US Vice President Joe Biden applauds during an event highlighting Joining Forces hiring initiative for military veterans and spouses in civilian jobs in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 30, 2013. Since President Obama challenged American businesses to hire US military veterans and spouses in August 2011, they have hired or trained 290,000 military veterans and spouses and now pledge to hire or train an additional 435,000 veterans and military spouses by 2018. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

US Vice President Joe Biden. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden says many women who are raped or physically abused don't report it because they don't want, in his words, "to get raped again by the system."

Despite his trademark clumsy phrasing, Biden was trying to explain how many women who are abused feel ashamed and embarrassed. He says it takes enormous courage for women to come forward and ask for help after being victims of domestic violence.

Biden spoke Wednesday night at a fundraiser at a Washington hotel for the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project. He says legal help for domestic violence victims is critical to freeing them from being imprisoned by their circumstances.

Biden says women are afraid to leave abusers because they'd be leaving their children behind. He's touting the recently re-authorized Violence Against Women Act as critical to helping women escape violent situations.

 

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