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Wis. lawmaker explains 'easy' rape comment

Published On: Oct 11 2012 11:22:58 AM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

A Republican Wisconsin state representative says his comments that "some girls rape easy" have been taken out of context.

Freshman Rep. Roger Rivard of Rice Lake told the "Chetek Alert" newspaper in December that his father told him that as a way to warn him that a woman could agree to sex but then later claim it wasn't consensual.

The "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" reported Thursday that the 10-month-old comments are being revived as Rivard seeks re-election against Democrat Stephen Smith.

Rivard made the comments when he was discussing the case of a 17-year-old high school senior who was charged with sexual assault for having sex with an underage girl in the school's band room.

Rivard’s comments, though unrelated, came eight months prior to a controversial statement on “legitimate rape” made by another politician, Todd Akin, in August. Akin is a Republican candidate for U.S. Senator in Missouri.

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