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Rep. Kathy Rapp has responded to concerns about her statement on September 17, 2008, see the following link for more details …. https://pamhi.wordpress.com/2008/09/18/rep-kathy-rapp-responds/ 

I didn’t mention this before in thelast post bout Rep. Kathy Rapp’s Fall 2008 newsletter, maily because I was too fired up about it and wanted to cool down before I posted anything about it.

Also in the newsletter, Rep. Kathy Rapp states,

“How many lives have to be lost or ndangered befo the Rndell administration gives up completely on this wrong-headed, cost-shiftin state hospital de-institionalization scheme that directly coincides with hundreds of severly mentally ill patients, many of whom are repeat sexual predators, being discharged into the streets and inevitably back into county and sate corectional facilities.” In the next paragraph, she goes on to state, “Not even one dollar saved due to the closure of a state hospital can justifyyet another repeat offense from a rapist or pedophile.”

Based on what Rep. Kahy Rapp says, it sounds ie she is lumping mental health Consumers into one generalized blanket statemnt that makes it sound as though folks with mental illnesses are sex offenders. I’m asking that my readers look over the newsletter and read the full article to see what she is saying, then take thefollowing action …

Contact Rep. Kathy Rapp and ask her to either retract the statement or to make a public apology for using stereotyping language in a public statement.

Here is a direct linkto the PDF version of the newsletter as posted on Rep. Rapp’s website (under “latest news”)…. http://reprapp.com/uploads/Rapp-NL-8-08.pdf

Here is contact information for Rep. Kathy Rapp of the 65th District

Harrisburgh Office

P.O. Box 202065
161 East Wing
Harrisburgh, PA 17120-2065
Phone: (717)787-1367
Toll Free: (866)854-5294

Email: klrapp@pahousegop.com
Website: http://reprapp.com

District Offices

404 Market Street
Warren, PA 16365
Phone (814)723-5203

8 Field Street
Kane, PA 16735
(814)837-0880

3 Responses

  1. I would like to know exactly how many individuals with mental illness in the state hospital system have criminal history that includes rape or pedophilia. It seems that Rep. Rapp is trying to say that a majority of individuals with mental illness in the state hospital system are rapists and pedophiles. And I believe that this is highly unlikely. So I would like to find out where her data is coming from.

  2. Hi I’m writing in response to the idea that those people with criminal backgrounds should not be discharged from State Hospitals in the name of saving money, I agree. We need State Hospitals to keep the preditors and violent offenders behind bars. I have Schizophrenia and it is very well under control, however many are not. I fear that once released these criminals will repeat there acts of and not only wind up in prison with little treatment but also give Mental Illness another black eye every time they commit a crime. This portion of the Mentally ill population should by all means remain institutionized.

  3. Hi Jenn,

    I read the article. It is difficult to tease out the information.

    In some sentences she seems to be just talking about

    particular people; sex offenders who happen to have a

    severe mental illness that will be housed at Warren. At other

    points the writer seems to lose contact with the subjects and

    generalize.

    I want to read it again. I hope others contribute their learned

    view to this discussion.

    CathyH

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