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Wisconsin Republican Rep. Roger Rivard Fondly Recalls His Father’s Advice: “Some Girls Rape Easy”

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roger rivard Wisconsin Republican Rep. Roger Rivard Fondly Recalls His Fathers Advice: Some Girls Rape EasyProbably all of us have heard our parents or grandparents say some pretty crazy things at one point or another. It’s apparently something that happens when you get old, and we’re just hoping our future grandkids find our paranoid ramblings amusing someday.

But it takes a very special politician to take those completely insane statements of an older relative and turn them admiringly into a public statement to a newspaper. Wiscinsin Rep. Roger Rivard (R-Rice Lake) is apparently that kind of special person.

Rivard was speaking with a reporter about a recent incident in which a high school senior was charged with sexual assault for having sex with his underage girlfriend in the school’s band room. Now, we can certainly have a debate about whether it’s a good idea to prosecute older teenagers for having sexual contact with younger teenagers, but one thing we should probably avoid is demonizing all victims of sexual assault by telling the Chetek Alert newspaper that “some girls rape easy.”

This original comment appeared in the newspaper back in December, and now Rivard wants everyone to know that his comments were totally taken out of context. Rivard now explains that what he actually meant to say is something far, far more offensive:

“[My father] 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.’

“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.’

 See? All the fuss for nothing. His comments were totally taken out of context the first time.
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8 Responses to Wisconsin Republican Rep. Roger Rivard Fondly Recalls His Father’s Advice: “Some Girls Rape Easy”

  1. Amazed, but no longe

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    I guess the concept of 'statutory rape' is conveniently lost on this guy they elected to, you know, legislate and amend statutes, right?

    Or is it part of his party's basic platform that its always the girl's fault? Didn't that kind of thinking get rejected as idiotic decades ago?

  2. Lorna

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    I "raped easy" when I was about twelve. I and a boy who was about 15 met for our first kiss, because I thought we were in love. Now even if I had planned to have sex with him (which I did not), he invited others to join him. So, do I fit into that category of "raping easy"? I mean I willing met with this guy for a secret rendezvous. I am now 52 and am in therapy about this for the first time in my life. I was ashamed and believed it was my fault since I willingly went over there for a romantic rendevous. This lawmaker would have confirmed my beliefs according to his thinking. I had 2 suicide attempts, flashbacks, depression, socially warped

    • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

      Linda the Dolt

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      I'm so sorry that happened to you, Lorna. That's absolutely awful. I'm glad at least you are starting to get therapy for this.

      You are a perfect example of why Rivard's comments are so offensive. Rape is severely underreported because of the trauma and shame it causes. As you said, his remarks just confirm the shame a lot of victims already feel.

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