Roger Rivard, Wisconsin lawmaker: "Some girls, they rape so easy"

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Roger Rivard for Assembly
Rivard was endorsed by Paul Ryan in August, just days before Ryan became the GOP VP nominee.
The latest Republican rape-related gaffe comes to us courtesy of Wisconsin, where state Rep. Roger Rivard, R-Rice Lake, recently told the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel that "some girls, they rape so easy."

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Rivard's remark came in the context of paraphrasing a story his dad told him while he was growing up, so the words weren't entirely his, though he did suggest he took his dad's advice seriously. His dad's point was to warn young Roger about the dangers of premarital sex with fast and loose women.

A stunning revelation is that Rivard made the self-destructive remark twice, first last December and then earlier this month. The first time, he was asked by the Chetek Alert newspaper what he thought about a Wisconsin case where a 17-year-old high school senior was charged with sexual assault for having sex with a 15-year-old girl in a school band room, and replied by recounting his dad's advice. The "some girls rape easy" remark didn't create too much of a stir that time, but Rivard apparently felt compelled to stick his foot further into his mouth during a recent interview with the Journal Sentinel.

From the Sentinel:
He told the Journal Sentinel that his father had advised him not to have premarital sex, and he took that seriously.

"He also told me one thing, 'If you do (have premarital sex), just remember, consensual sex can turn into rape in an awful hurry,'" Rivard said. "Because all of a sudden a young lady gets pregnant and the parents are madder than a wet hen and she's not going to say, 'Oh, yeah, I was part of the program.' All that she has to say or the parents have to say is it was rape because she's underage. And he just said, 'Remember, Roger, if you go down that road, some girls,' he said, 'they rape so easy.'

"What the whole genesis of it was, it was advice to me, telling me, 'If you're going to go down that road, you may have consensual sex that night and then the next morning it may be rape.' So the way he said it was, 'Just remember, Roger, some girls, they rape so easy. It may be rape the next morning.'

"So it's been kind of taken out of context."
Anticipating that his comments would get him in trouble, Rivard issued a written statement just hours after the Journal Sentinel interview. It said:
Sexual assault is a crime that unfortunately is misunderstood and my comments have the potential to be misunderstood as well. Rape is a horrible act of violence. Sexual assault unfortunately often goes unreported to police. I have four daughters and three granddaughters and I understand the importance of making sure that awareness of this crime is taken very seriously.
And indeed, Rivard's comments have been widely decried. Nichole Kathol, president of the Barron County Domestic Abuse Project, told the Sentinel that the remark "portrays women as the perpetrator of violence being perpetrated against them. He's blaming the victim and implying the definition of rape is all too encompassing."

Rivard's November opponent, Democrat Stephen Smith, told the Sentinel he's "offended to think that my sister or my daughters would be thought of in that manner."


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bikerbda1
bikerbda1

If it was his daughter that had been raped those words would have never came out of his mouth. Any fool can hear how those words put together in a row sound and they sound uninformed and uncaring. "Some girls rape easy"   If you mean that some girls are easy than just say what you mean, but to add the word rape changes the whole context and implies that these women have somehow asked to be raped. How do people live so long and understand so little.  

swee2th
swee2th

Anybody can say they were raped and the media, law enforcement and nearly everyone else will believe them, regardless of the truth. I'm sure it's rare but it HAS happened, WILL happen again, and don't ignore the fact that this sort of accusation could destroy the life of someone you know and love.

swee2th
swee2th

Being a liberal myself, I get to say this: Here go the liberals again, stretching something which is, at its core, true, completely out of context for political gain.

yourpoprock
yourpoprock

I love how people here support free speech... Until they disagree with it.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

His father was too long winded in his advice. Today's parents tell their sons. "Don't stick your dick in crazy".

Tammy Boots
Tammy Boots

Yowsa. The grammar is atrocious which seems to be a common phenomenon with the conservative set.

Jomo Kokomo
Jomo Kokomo

I think he did. He believes what he said.

Stuttering John
Stuttering John

In context though what he said isn't too bad. His word usage, though terrible, was more a warning about girls who "cry" rape. Still probably shouldn't have said it twice though.

Vanessa Gadberry
Vanessa Gadberry

AHGGGG. Can the ENTIRE Republican party just agree they should NEVER EVER voice their SICK opinions on "rape" EVER again? They just keep digging themselves deeper. Just... stop... just shut your mouth.

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