Probably 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.’