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Wisc. Rep. Roger Rivard criticized for 'some girls rape easy' remark

But it’s okay, y’all! It was taken out of context! Seriously:

Freshman Rep. Roger Rivard (R-Rice Lake) in December discussed a case with the Chetek Alert newspaper in which a 17-year-old high school senior was charged with sexual assault for having sex with an underage girl in the school’s band room.

The newspaper quoted him as saying his father warned him, “Some girls rape easy” - meaning that after the fact they can change what they say about whether sex was consensual. On Wednesday, Rivard told the Journal Sentinel that the article did not provide full context of his comments and that his father’s exact words had been slightly different from how they appeared in the Chetek Alert.

He told the Journal Sentinel that his father had advised him not to have premarital sex, and he took that seriously. “He also told me one thing, ‘If you do (have premarital sex), just remember, consensual sex can turn into rape in an awful hurry,’ ” Rivard said. “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.’

Roger Rivard, meet Todd Akin. Todd, meet Roger.

You both can take your victim blaming and go straight to hell. Context doesn’t matter here. In fact, the context in this case makes it even worse. I just don’t even know what to say here…

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Observe: Penn State students amass downtown in support of the recently-fired Head Football Coach Joe Paterno. They’ve pulled down a lightpost and flipped a news van. Students are standing on top of it and screaming, “We want Joe!” Students also threw bottles and rocks, hitting one officer and a photographer in the head.


Why? Because Joe Paterno and other high-ranking officials are suspected of covering up for a child rapist. Former Defensive Coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on multiple counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor, as well as single counts of aggravated indecent assault and attempted indecent assault. Two Penn State officials were indicted for perjury and the university president was fired with Paterno.
Let me repeat: Penn State students and the community are rioting in support of this coach, not because they’re completely horrified this happened under Paterno’s watch.
Follow the school’s paper on Twitter for more.

Observe: Penn State students amass downtown in support of the recently-fired Head Football Coach Joe Paterno. They’ve pulled down a lightpost and flipped a news van. Students are standing on top of it and screaming, “We want Joe!” Students also threw bottles and rocks, hitting one officer and a photographer in the head.

Why? Because Joe Paterno and other high-ranking officials are suspected of covering up for a child rapist. Former Defensive Coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on multiple counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor, as well as single counts of aggravated indecent assault and attempted indecent assault. Two Penn State officials were indicted for perjury and the university president was fired with Paterno.

Let me repeat: Penn State students and the community are rioting in support of this coach, not because they’re completely horrified this happened under Paterno’s watch.

Follow the school’s paper on Twitter for more.

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What the hell is going on at the University of Wyoming lately?

"I am writing to express my dismay resulting from Saturday’s football game—and it has nothing at all to do with Nebraska.

I am referring to the “Ask the Cowboys” segment, which during players were asked, “What is your best pickup line?” One of the players (I did not catch the name) responded, “Does this napkin smell like chloroform?” complete with a graphic of a chloroform bottle.

Seriously? No one along the line of production saw a problem with this? Coach Dave Christensen felt it necessary to prevent the band from playing a certain tune, because he felt the students’ cheer associated with it was unsportsmanlike, but he is perfectly alright with one of his own players advocating the drugging and raping of someone in front of 32,000 people? And this only the day after an event was held on campus attempting to educate the public as to the very real, and continuing, horror of sexual assault!

It made me ashamed to cheer for my own school’s team!”

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It’s a line from the movie Horrible Bosses (or Hall Pass), but that doesn’t make it okay. This is after an ASUW senator had to apologize for his comments on sexual assault, an educational panel discussion on sexual assault, and SlutWalk at the UW campus. Also, statistics released fairly recently show our number of reported sexual assaults has spiked.

The author is right about Christensen’s salary - our football coach makes more than the university president, the governor, or any other employee in the state. He’s got a zero-tolerance policy towards misbehavior by players for the most part. I hope he takes this player aside and explains why this comment was, uh, less than enlightened - especially if someone hadn’t seen the movie!

To top it off, the questioner looked to be about eight or nine. I can just see someone’s parents being asked about chloroform, as one commenter mentioned. Thanks to Geoff Hiatt for a great letter. So, UW… what the hell?

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Me, with others at the UW Slut Walk 2011. I’m wearing sunglasses and the olive hat. Thanks to Safe Pokes for taking a great photo! There was a turnout of roughly 100 in Laramie. The group was also quite diverse. Afterwards, we came back to campus and enjoyed live burlesque and vocal performances.
The reaction was fairly positive - we even elicited cheers and clapping when we walked by a barbecue at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. I was thrilled to see so many people come out to support it. Women’s Action Network organized Slut Walk partially in response to ASUW Senator Noah Hull’s remarks in reference to sexual assault. I wrote a letter condemning his remarks, as did others, and he apologized. He references a comment, since deleted, written about me on the website within his letter:

Comment: "Looks like Meg Lanker wasnt getting enough attention lately so she had to make up a rape story. I want the Branding Iron to publish the entire police report and any medical documents. She should proove it because theres nothing but her word and you know how liberals/terrorists lie about everything. Its so co-incidental that theres nothing to fact check huh. I heard she said she got raped on campus. So wheres the news story. I couldnt find anything. UW police said they havent heard anything. its not like anyone would want to rape her anyway, shes a wildabeast. She should be glad someone supposedly wanted to touch her. I like how she changed her name, probably so she wont be assocated with a terrorist. Noah is right. If you dont want to put yourself at risk, dont go out to smoke. You wont put yourself at risk of cancer either. If you dont want to get raped dont act like you want it. I can control myself but some guys cant. You cant control breathing in second hand smoke at all. Go Noah. Stand up to the people who try to whine about smoking being taken away. Maybe if we cant smoke on campus people like Meg Lanker will go away and leave our state alone."
Yeah, a little over the top, bro.
So if nothing else, the comments made by Noah Hull, and comments like this one above, provoked a long-needed discussion on the UW campus. I hope to see this dialogue continue. 

Me, with others at the UW Slut Walk 2011. I’m wearing sunglasses and the olive hat. Thanks to Safe Pokes for taking a great photo! There was a turnout of roughly 100 in Laramie. The group was also quite diverse. Afterwards, we came back to campus and enjoyed live burlesque and vocal performances.

The reaction was fairly positive - we even elicited cheers and clapping when we walked by a barbecue at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. I was thrilled to see so many people come out to support it. Women’s Action Network organized Slut Walk partially in response to ASUW Senator Noah Hull’s remarks in reference to sexual assault. I wrote a letter condemning his remarks, as did others, and he apologized. He references a comment, since deleted, written about me on the website within his letter:

Comment: "Looks like Meg Lanker wasnt getting enough attention lately so she had to make up a rape story. I want the Branding Iron to publish the entire police report and any medical documents. She should proove it because theres nothing but her word and you know how liberals/terrorists lie about everything. Its so co-incidental that theres nothing to fact check huh. I heard she said she got raped on campus. So wheres the news story. I couldnt find anything. UW police said they havent heard anything. its not like anyone would want to rape her anyway, shes a wildabeast. She should be glad someone supposedly wanted to touch her. I like how she changed her name, probably so she wont be assocated with a terrorist. Noah is right. If you dont want to put yourself at risk, dont go out to smoke. You wont put yourself at risk of cancer either. If you dont want to get raped dont act like you want it. I can control myself but some guys cant. You cant control breathing in second hand smoke at all. Go Noah. Stand up to the people who try to whine about smoking being taken away. Maybe if we cant smoke on campus people like Meg Lanker will go away and leave our state alone."

Yeah, a little over the top, bro.

So if nothing else, the comments made by Noah Hull, and comments like this one above, provoked a long-needed discussion on the UW campus. I hope to see this dialogue continue. 

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If you are in Laramie or Cheyenne... SlutWalk will begin shortly!

SlutWalk 2011 at UW will begin in less than two hours at 5 PM… For your information:

Description: Meet in front of the Union to send a message that nobody ever asks for or deserves sexual violence. Recent campus dialogues about sexual assault have resulted in inappropriate remarks about this important issue. We as a community need to take a stand firmly against victim blaming and a culture of violence. Being a slut is not wrong. Join us and wear whatever you feel comfortable in; whether that’s stilettos, a miniskirt, and fishnets or jeans and a sweater. After rallying, we will be marching downtown and back to the Union. Afterward, join us in spreading the word about sexual assault downtown at the street dance.

I’m curious what the Tumblrverse thinks of SlutWalk. Thoughts? You can reply, message me, or reblog.

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‘Dad, What is Rape?’ || Rev. Jim Wallis

As a coach of young athletes, I know how much the pro stars serve as role models, for good or ill. These players don’t have to be saints, but allegations of sexual assault obviously cross the line into an area that can’t be just swept under the rug.

The line that stuck in my craw, written by a sportswriter before the game, was that Roethlisberger might have been able to find redemption with a Super Bowl victory. Really? Win a football game and you are redeemed from reported actions of sexual assault?

Rev. Jim Wallis throws down some truth.

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Tyler Kirby sighs relief after taking off his high-heeled shoes worn during the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event at Prexy’s Pasture. Andy Carpenean/Boomerang photographer
"It also serves as a reminder to men in the UW community that sexual violence is something that must be confronted head-on.  Before donning a pair of glittered-out fire engine red platform heels for the walk, Dean of Students Dave Cozzens told his fellow walkers they must all take action in order to stop sexual violence from happening.“We have to recognize it is our responsibility to confront one another about a culture that often teaches men how not to deal with their emotions and often defines relationships as about control,” Cozzens said. “We need to take more responsibility to take better care of each other. We have to create a community where we take action.”Taking action can be as simple as quashing misogynistic humor, he said.“Take the high road by declaring the values of humanity and equality, not to mention safety and decency. Challenge a story, joke or someone’s behavior,” Cozzens said. “A male bystander who laughs along with a joke, laughs along with a demeaning comment or just goes along with that behavior in fact implicitly reinforces that behavior.”

We really have a fantastic Dean of Students at UW in Dr. Dave Cozzens. I would like to see him as UW president at some point. He is the type of administrator that stands up for his students, trust me. Dr. Cozzens is not afraid to stand up to the kind of bullying and misogyny that leads to sexual violence, rape, discrimination, and a culture that supports rape. I believe it’s truly brave for an administrator at a conservative college to take such a strong stand.
Above is Tyler Kirby who participated in “Walk a mile in her shoes.” Read the entire article here.

Tyler Kirby sighs relief after taking off his high-heeled shoes worn during the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event at Prexy’s Pasture. Andy Carpenean/Boomerang photographer

"It also serves as a reminder to men in the UW community that sexual violence is something that must be confronted head-on.  Before donning a pair of glittered-out fire engine red platform heels for the walk, Dean of Students Dave Cozzens told his fellow walkers they must all take action in order to stop sexual violence from happening.

“We have to recognize it is our responsibility to confront one another about a culture that often teaches men how not to deal with their emotions and often defines relationships as about control,” Cozzens said. “We need to take more responsibility to take better care of each other. We have to create a community where we take action.”

Taking action can be as simple as quashing misogynistic humor, he said.

“Take the high road by declaring the values of humanity and equality, not to mention safety and decency. Challenge a story, joke or someone’s behavior,” Cozzens said. “A male bystander who laughs along with a joke, laughs along with a demeaning comment or just goes along with that behavior in fact implicitly reinforces that behavior.”

We really have a fantastic Dean of Students at UW in Dr. Dave Cozzens. I would like to see him as UW president at some point. He is the type of administrator that stands up for his students, trust me. Dr. Cozzens is not afraid to stand up to the kind of bullying and misogyny that leads to sexual violence, rape, discrimination, and a culture that supports rape. I believe it’s truly brave for an administrator at a conservative college to take such a strong stand.

Above is Tyler Kirby who participated in “Walk a mile in her shoes.” Read the entire article here.

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