Eau Claire (WQOW) - A western Wisconsin lawmaker is taking heat for comments he made about rape.
Last December, State Representative Roger Rivard was discussing a case surrounding a 17-year-old high school senior with a Chetek newspaper. The student was charged with the sexual assault of an underage girl in the school's band room. During the conversation, Rivard told the paper when he was younger, his father told him that 'some girls rape easy' as a way to warn Rivard that a woman could agree to have sex, but later claim it wasn't consensual. He says the comment was taken out of context.
Rivard, a Republican, is seeking re-election in the 75th Assembly District. WQOW News 18 reached out to Rivard's campaign about the comment, but did not hear back.
On Thursday, two Republicans also running in the fall election denounced the comment. In statements, U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson and Congressman Sean Duffy said rape is a serious matter and the comments were inappropriate. Congressman Duffy also donated $500 Rivard gave to his campaign to the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse in Superior.
Wausau - Congressman Sean Duffy released the following statement today in response to the inappropriate remarks made by Wisconsin state Rep. Roger Rivard:
"No one should ever, under any circumstance, diminish or trivialize rape. As a father of four young girls, I condemn Rep. Rivard's absurd and inappropriate comments. As a former prosecutor, I witnessed first hand that rape is a heinous crime and that the victims are deeply and forever affected by this disgusting act."
Rep. Rivard had made two financial contributions to Congressman Duffy's 2010 and 2012 campaigns. Immediately upon learning of these indefensible remarks, the campaign donated the totality of that money - $500 – to the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse in Superior.
Madison - Former Governor Tommy Thompson released the following statement in response to state Representative Roger Rivard's offensive and indefensible remarks.
"As a husband, a father of two daughters and the grandfather of six beautiful granddaughters, I am offended by state Representative Rivard's indefensible remarks," said Thompson. "We must take instances of rape and sexual assault seriously and hold the perpetrators accountable to the utmost degree."
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