Bob Beckel, the liberal voice on Fox News' roundtable show 'The Five,' apologized Wednesday for suggesting rape was not a problem on college campuses.
"When was the last time you heard about a rape on campus?" Beckel asked his co-hosts on Tuesday's show when they were discussing whether guns should be allowed on college campuses. Others on the show were quick to jump in to tell him it was rampant and a big problem. He said, "Date rape, yeah, that's one thing, but are you going to take a gun out and shoot your date?"
An estimated 20 to 25 percent of women in college in the United States reported experiencing an attempted or a completed rape during college. The person responsible for the violence is typically male and usually someone known to the victim, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
After a firestorm of criticism in the media and on Twitter, Beckel apologized on Wednesday's show.
"It's a horrible, horrendous issue," Beckel said. "Simply put, rape is rape. Whether it's date rape or it's somebody coming in off the campus trying to rape somebody else. I very strongly feel that way. So, I just want to straighten the record out on that. I simply was trying to make -- there was not a distinction to make here. It simply was that date rape is rape, and that is, by any other definition, rape is rape."