A Wisconsin state rep is on the receiving end of criticism today for comments made 10 months ago, when he suggested that some women will falsely accuse a man of rape.
Republican Roger Rivard told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in December of last year that his father's advice once warned him that "some girls rape easy," an apparent plea to be on the lookout for women who will falsely claim rape after initially consenting to sex. "Consensual sex can turn into rape in an awful hurry," Rivard informed the paper.
And while statistically speaking that's sometimes true - Slatereported in 2009 that around 1 in 10 rape claims are likely false - it was the Rep. Rivard's choice of words that is placing him in hot water with political rivals and women's rights groups alike.
Why is this news nearly a year later? Chalk it up to Rivard's tight race for re-election against Democratic rival Democrat Stephen Smith, who called the comments offensive. "I'm offended to think that my sister or my daughters would be thought of in that manner," said Smith. "I feel Roger is out of touch with the majority of voters and his views are extreme."
Likewise upset with Rivard are local women's rights groups. "Unfortunately, comments like these are all too common," said Pennie Meyers of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
Via Slate and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
@methinks How about the LAST TWO TOP STORY where Stewart is bashing him and porn stars are backing him? Big Bird and AARP want Obama to stop using their names. And about 30 other articles from this week alone. But hey, a couple showing the Republicans in bad light? Must be corrupt. Come on.
@marine1 yeah, maybe a bad choice of words, but taking serious offense to them is rediculous. Any softy politically correct nazi out there who was offended by this was so because they either think they can, and feel smarter or more empowered for it. Or are defective and missing meds
@marine1 exactly, that humor can be very costly. And thats the shame I am pointing out. I care not of the person who is offended here because they are the problem. Not to say everyone should go around spouting what they like in a crass manor, im saying if this affects if romney or obama get a vote, that voter is societal garbage.
As a woman who has been raped, I endorse this comment. The zero tolerance law is a good one. But if a woman can't back it up by reporting the crime and seeing a doctor knowing that she is putting other women in danger and can possibly become pregnant or contract an STD, has no room to open her fat lying mouth.
I was referring to the rumored rapes that occur in prison. Having never been there I can't confirm this but you need to read betwwen the lines. His comment was not merely an opinion but a statement about lack of respect for women, minimzing the atrocity that is rape. I would never arrest, detain or harm someone for stating his or her opinion. I may disagree with your opinion stronly but I will defend your right to say it.
Yes, the remarks are offensive, but nothing new and nothing different. If 1 out of 10 reported rapes are a lie, then at least 1 in 10 men will make offensive remarks about women. To me, it seems like several months ago he repeated something his father had said to him who knows how many years ago. Not a smart thing for him to say, and perhaps his opponent is scraping the bottom of that barrel. Don't they all?
If women's votes weren't thrown away by the choice of Veep Romney made, I don't know why this will deter them from voting. That man wants to take women back to the 1800's when they had no choice about their bodies or anything else. I personally like women having a choice and don't need to have control. of women or who people choose to marry or live with.
I agree with his remarks. His father warned him well. Those girls that rape easy are called liars. They make it hard for the real rape victims. I have a son. When its time, he will get the same lesson.
As a father of daughters and a Husband for the past 35 years to the same woman who is every bit my partner in life, not a piece of chattel to give her opinion to, I find the remark offensive in the same way that I find the parents who will tell their daughters that "Men are only interested in one thing" Maybe that "Magic underwear" of the Rommney's is wearing off onto others in the party.
why do politicians assume that just because they got the position and were elected that they no longer have to be articulate mean what they say? Idiot. yes I understand there is a problem with false accusations of rape. it's dumb statements like this which give life to the argument that the GOP has a war on women . idiot !
Girls are not perfect...men have been falsely accused and even convicted on rape charges. Women can be as devious as men, we saw that with the teachers who were sexually molesting teen boys.. He chose the wrong words, but to think because a person is female they are always innocent is bull !!!
@Canoochee As the mother of all boys I know just how boy crazy and aggressive girls can be , especially now days. It's wrong to accuse anyone of rape when it never occurred and it does happen. Boys also can get raped, and I don't hear anyone "jumping ugly" about that !!!
well then we have to ask has there ever been a case where a person did this,if not there is a problem if so those going against this guy are grasping for straws. doing something to take focus off them.