The fallout continues for Akin after he used the phrase "legitimate rape" in talking about abortion and pregnancy.
Victim advocates across the country and right here in St. Joseph are setting the record straight about violence against women.
In an interview, Todd Akin was asked his opinion on abortions in instances of rape.
"From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down," Akin said.
A statement receiving backlash from victim advocates, as well as the White House.
"The idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about doesn't make sense to the American people," President Obama said.
"Rape is rape. Any time there's no consent, it's rape," Kim Kempf, YWCA Victim's Advocate said.
Kempf battles misconceptions about rape in her day-to-day work. She says education is the only way to change the stigma.
"It's uncomfortable. People don't want to talk about it. There are a lot of victim blaming myths that go on, and that's perpetuated because people aren't talking about it," Kempf said.
One if four women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. About 5% of those will become pregnant.
"The truth is it happens frequently and it happens to people who are trying to do everything right.
In a controversial topic, some say there may be a positive outcome.
"What I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn't have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women," President Obama said.
"It's an opportunity for us to educate people and bring that topic to the surface so we can talk about it and address those myths so victims don't feel like they're to blame," Kempf said.
Since Akin's statement Sunday, major campaign contributors have pulled their financial support.
Despite urging from his critics, Akin has said he will not drop out of the Senate race.
Akin, a Republican, is set to face Democrat Claire McCaskill in the Senate race in November.
He apologized for his comments Monday on a radio show, saying rape is "never legitimate." He said he used the wrong words, the wrong way.