Oct 10, 2012 at 8:19 pm
A Wisconsin state lawmaker endorsed by Paul Ryan has come under criticism for suggesting that âsome girls rape easy.â While discussing a case in which âa 17-year-old high school senior was charged with sexual assault for having sex with an underage girl in the schoolâs band room,â State Rep. Roger Rivard (R) told the Chetek Alert newspaper in December that his father taught him that some girls will portray a sexual encounter as rape if they become pregnant. He is now claiming that those remarks were taken out of context and has issued a statement condemning sexual violence:
On Wednesday, Rivard told the Journal Sentinel the article did not provide full context of his comments and that his fatherâs exact words had been slightly different from how they appeared in the Chetek Alert.
He told the Journal Sentinel that his father had advised him not to have premarital sex, and he took that seriously.
âHe also told me one thing, âIf you do (have premarital sex), just remember, consensual sex can turn into rape in an awful hurry,â â Rivard said. âBecause all of a sudden a young lady gets pregnant and the parents are madder than a wet hen and sheâs not going to say, âOh, yeah, I was part of the program.â All that she has to say or the parents have to say is it was rape because sheâs underage. And he just said, âRemember, Roger, if you go down that road, some girls,â he said, âthey rape so easy.â
âWhat the whole genesis of it was, it was advice to me, telling me, âIf youâre going to go down that road, you may have consensual sex that night and then the next morning it may be rape.â So the way he said it was, âJust remember, Roger, some girls, they rape so easy. It may be rape the next morning.â
âSo itâs been kind of taken out of context.â
Ryan endorsed Rivard on August 9, just two days before he was selected to be Mitt Romneyâs running mate. âRoger needs to be reaffirmed to get this job done and fix the State of Wisconsin,â Ryan said.