Watch: GOP Lawmaker Says It’s ‘Unfortunate’ Men Get Blamed For ‘Consensual Rape’ During Speech About Abortion
Rep. Barry Hovis, a Missouri state Republican, took to the House floor on Friday where he shocked his colleagues when he made a reference to “consensual rape.
During a debate over an anti-abortion law that was passed by the Missouri House of Representatives on Friday, Hovis argued that opponents of the bill were overestimating how often women in the United States were really raped.
“Let’s just say that someone goes out and, uh, they have, they’re raped or they’re sexually assaulted one night after a college party,” he began. “Because most of my rapes [encountered as a law enforcement official] were not the gentleman jumping out the bushes that nobody’d ever met. That was one of two times out of 100. Most of them were date rapes or consensual rapes, which were all terrible!”
Hovis went on to call the accusations “unfortunate.” Take a look at his speech below:
Hovis’ comments drew backlash from his own colleagues:
Just spoke with Rep. Hovis. He said he misspoke and meant to say LEOs finding out whether what occurred was “consensual or rape.” He didn’t realize the error until Proudie spoke. He apologized and said multiple times, “There is no such thing as consensual rape.” #moleg https://t.co/PGPCqmVky6
— Crystal Thomas (@bycrystalthomas) May 17, 2019