'There is no legitimate rape, there is no illegitimate rape'

'There is no legitimate rape, there is no illegitimate rape' »Play Video
Rep. Todd Akin is seen in an Aug. 10, 2012 file photo.

EUGENE, Ore. - Sexual assault counselors and pro-life activists both find cause for alarm in Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri's recent comments.

"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut the whole thing down," Akin said in an interview.

His comments sparked presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and other Republicans to ask Akin to bow out of the Missouri Senate race.

He has stood firm.

"That I mispoke one word in one sentence in one day and all of a sudden, overnight, everybody decides well, Akin can't possibly win. I don't agree with that," Akin said.

The comment has resonated across the country.

"A rape is a rape," said BB Beltran, co-director of Sexual Assault Support Services in Eugene. "There is no legitimate rape, there is no illegitimate rape. It's just all sexual assault, it's taking something away from somebody and there's no way to defend that."

The comments also dismayed pro-life activists. Lynda Teutsch pf 4 Days for Life said whether a child is conceived from rape or not, there is still a child in the picture.

"The important part is the person who's committed the crime needs to be in jail, prosecuted, and the woman who is pregnant needs to be taken care of, and the baby who has been conceived needs to be taken care of and given options that would best suit them," she said.

Beltran said rape victims have a hard enough time coping with the dramatic consequences of rape. Akin's comment can actually be a setback.

"It's just not true, so it's alarming that somebody in this day and age would say something like that," she said.