Wisconsin State Rep. Roger Rivard, who told the Chetek Alert newspaper in December 2011 that “some girls rape so easy,” was recently endorsed by Wisconsin Family Action, a pro-family group that opposes abortion.
Wisconsin Family Action director Julaine Appling said in a statement that the organization endorsed Rivard “because of his stance on issues,” reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Appling did not address Rivard's rape remarks.
Appling also said: “We are very pleased to endorse candidates who recognize the importance of America’s and Wisconsin’s best natural resource — her traditional families — and who realize that our state’s and our country’s well-being is closely tied to the strength of this resource. These are candidates who will, in both policy and practice, work to help ensure that our families become or remain independent of government.”
Rivard told the Chetek Alert newspaper that his coming-of-age rape advice from his father: "He also told me one thing, ‘If you do [have 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.’”
Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker, vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) have dropped their endorsements of Rivard. The Republican Assembly Campaign Committee has also withdrawn its support of Rivard.