Political analyst and TheGrio.com contributor Zerlina Maxwell’s recent comments on Fox News that rape solutions should focus on men’s behavior, not arming women, have inspired scurrilous attacks in right-wing media. Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel appeared on The Ed Show with Maxwell, where she argued that the blowback illustrates the Republican Party’s disregard for women and for the issues that affect them most.

“This political culture fosters attacks like we’ve seen against Zerlina, and it’s hateful and repulsive,” vanden Heuvel said.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five women in the United States have been sexually assaulted, and three in ten assaults on women come from an intimate partner.

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