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Republican House Candidate: We Can Stop Rape By ‘Educating Females’

When Senate Republicans rammed through a vote to confirm alleged sexual predator Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, they proved once again that the GOP is the party of rape.

And just in case you thought that was a fluke, Republican congressional candidate Denver Riggleman claimed during a recent debate that that rape and sexual assault can be prevented by “educating females.”

Riggleman’s stunning remarks came during the fifth debate in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District between Riggleman and his Democratic opponent, veteran journalist Leslie Cockburn, after an audience member asked both candidates how they proposed to reduce incidences of rape and sexual assault.

Cockburn replied with a thoughtful answer about proposals to address sexual assault in the military.

Riggleman replied with … this.

“As far as what’s going on on campus … I think a lot of it comes to educating females, specifically in the fraternities and sororities that they’re a part of,” Riggleman said.

Yup. Riggleman thinks it’s up to women to stop men from raping them.

As noted by Shareblue, “It’s cringe-worthy enough that Riggleman used the word “females” as a noun to describe women and girls.

But far worse are the offensive, victim-blaming implications of his remarks — that the burden is on women to avoid getting raped, and not on men to avoid committing rape.

Lecturing women on how to avoid getting raped isn’t just insulting and frustrating; it also doesn’t stop rape from happening. Demanding that women dress more modestly or avoid parties with alcohol is a way to restrict their freedom, but it’s not a way to prevent them from being targeted by a predator. It also doesn’t prevent that predator from targeting some other woman.”

It’s not entirely clear what sort of “education” Riggleman has in mind to help America’s young “females” avoid being raped. He makes references to fraternities and sororities, so he probably has drunken parties in mind.

But plenty of women get drunk at parties and meet men without getting raped. The difference isn’t what the women do — it’s whether the guys they meet decide to rape them.

Riggleman wasn’t done after his offensive “females” remark. He also went on a bizarre tangent that sounded like an endorsement of fathers exercising vigilante justice against rapists.

“Me, I’m a fan of law enforcement,” Riggleman said. “As a dad with three daughters, I’ll tell you this. I think rape, sexual assault, anybody who imposes their will on another in a way that’s that evil and dastardly, needs the maximum force of law thrown at them.

“And I think there’s a lot of dads who would say, if the maximum force of law is not thrown at them — I think there are some dads that would take care of it.”

After rambling for more than a minute about educating females and raging dads, Riggleman finally got around to tossing off this remark: “I also think that sons need to be educated.”

Riggleman, by the way, is the same candidate who brought us the bizarre “Bigfoot erotica” mini-scandal this summer.


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