No sooner do we honor a Heroine of the Week, we need to issue an Ignorant Legislator of the Week award too. This week’s recipient is Wisconsin State Representative Roger Rivard. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, during an interview with the Chetek Alert newspaper back in December, Rep. Rivard made a comment that “some girls rape easy.”
Rivard is up for reelection and the comment has resurfaced. In an effort to clarify what he meant and explain that the statement was “taken out of context,” the state legislator told the Sentinel he was referring to advice his father had given him and further explained what his father had told him, “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.’”
According to the Sentinel, Rivard sent the paper a statement following the discussion that read, “Sexual assault is a crime that unfortunately is misunderstood and my comments have the potential to be misunderstood as well. Rape is a horrible act of violence. Sexual assault unfortunately often goes unreported to police. I have four daughters and three granddaughters and I understand the importance of making sure that awareness of this crime is taken very seriously.”
Perhaps, Rivard, so many rapes goes unreported because comments like yours make victims feel like they are the ones who are being accused of a crime.