Friday, November 10, 2006

Genie Francis Ruffles Rape Activists

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – As one half of Luke and Laura Spencer, Genie Francis was part of, perhaps, the most famous wedding in TV history.

That wedding took place November 16, 1981 on the ABC soap opera General Hospital and the couple will renew their vows on Thursday (Nov. 16) for their 25th anniversary.

The Spencers’ relationship began when Luke raped Laura but, despite that sordid meeting, Francis doesn’t think it’s weird that her character married the man who raped her.

As she puts it: “It was different – the whole rape angle has been beat to the ground.”

She feels the encounter “wasn’t the same” as normal date rapes because they “love each other.”

But rape activist Katie Koestner believes Francis’ comments gives “women who are being abused” the wrong idea and says it’s imperative that ABC rectify the damage by “following the episode with a public service announcement or something... a lot of housewives watch the show.”

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