Politician Who Said 'Girls Rape Easy' Was Talking About an Underage Girl

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Rape is a real crimeWisconsin Republican Roger Rivard was recently quoted in a newspaper talking about the rape of a young girl at a local high school with the words "some girls rape easy." If your mouth just dropped open, you'll understand why the state representative is trying to back away from that one as fast as his little legs will carry him. But in typical politician form, he may have come up with an excuse for bad behavior that's potentially worse than his original gaffe.

The way Rivard tells it, he wasn't trying to excuse the 17-year-old charged with the violation of an underage girl at all. Nope, not de-legitimazing the rape of a child. He was just trying to relate an old tale from his dad. Warning: Pops sounds like a mysoginist. Apple apparently didn't fall far ...

According to Rivard's backpedaling, er, explanation:

[My dad] also told me one thing, 'If you do (have premarital sex), just remember, consensual sex can turn into rape in an awful hurry.' 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.'

Oh! So what he meant to say was girls who say they were raped are just a pack of filthy liars. Sooooo much better, isn't it?

Not.

I'm tempted to remind Rep. Rivard of the adage, "rape is rape is rape." But with a thick skull like his, I'm afraid that isn't enough.

Here's the deal: maligning the reputations of young women by insinuating that they simply "cry rape" to get their parents off their back makes you sound like a royal jerk. Rape victims have enough trouble working through the trauma they've endured to come forward, to actually make a claim to the cops. More than 50 percent never even find the courage to do it! And when they're underage, like this girl, it can be particularly difficult. They're young, they're scared, they're confused. 

These women, these girls, these victims, do not need some state representative with some 1920s thinking telling them that their trauma isn't valid.

What do you think of Rivard's "excuse"? Is it any better than his original statement?

 

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purpl... purpleflower514

I think he has a valid point but he didn't express it very well.

Vegeta Vegeta

Taken out of context, yes it sounds bad. But you can't blanket over every accusation of rape just because 'its hard enough for victims to come forward as it is'. One of my friends (under age at the time) freely had copious amounts of unprotected premarital sex with her adult boyfriend. And she did get pregnant, which they both were fine with.... Until they broke up. At which point she told her dad it was rape (because she was embarrassed and wanted to get one last jab at him) and that boy went to jail (he's out now on the 2 year window rule we have). So not everyone is a victim. And it would make it a lot better for actual victims if people like my friend didn't dilute the severity of this crime. So yes his fathers story is true sometimes. He also was using a southern vernacular which may not translate well when used directly on people who arent familiar with it. He meant it like "some girls turn 'consensual sex' into 'rape' when they feel that it would better fit their personal agenda"

Cayla... CaylaChristine

The father has an understandable point, but damn did that guy use it in the wrong context. There are definitely girls that turn it around to get someone in trouble just because they can, but  rape is too serious and too touchy of a subject to be making statements about it without thinking and RE-thinking  about what you're going to say.

nonmember avatar Kate

The problem with this is he is not entirely wrong. Some women have lied and called it rape. It makes it that much more difficult for women who really are raped and that's a tragedy. Women lie and claim they were raped and/or abused to suite their purpose all the time.

nonmember avatar Lilac

Its better with context and this does happen. Back in my catholic high school a 11 grader was dating an 9th grader (1 and 10 months age difference) Her parents refused to let her date so it was kept on the down low only friends new. When she got pregnant (you know because catholic schools teach abstinence only) She claimed rape. Her parents filed a report and had the guy arrested. A few weeks into the process she came clean that it was consensual and he still ended up having to do community service and has been in jail a few nights. Girls like this make people think real rape victims are lying too.

looka... lookatyou

Rep. Rivard he is a coward, first of all he should have just kept his mouth closed.  and whereever he is from, I hope and pray the people get him OUT OF THE REPRESENTATIVES OFFICE who needs people like him...angry

Nolanzo Nolanzo

It is so painfully overdue that male politicians need to just shut the fuck up about rape in general.... when will they get the friggin hint.

fleur... fleurdelys3110

Unfortunately, the Representative's father is right. Not only do false rape accusations ruin the lives of the guys they impact, but they ruin and undermine legitimate rape claims. The statement makes perfect sense in the context. However, the Rep. should have kept his mouth shut about it in public because it was wayyy too easy for "girls rape easy" to be taken out of context.

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