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GOP State Rep. Says It's a 'Really Great Party' If You Witness Rape on Campus

March 27, 2015 in Blogs

By Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

Connecticut Rep. Mike Bocchino made some truly tasteless comments about campus sexual assault.

In Connecticut, lawmakers are debating a measure to define consent with respect to college sexual assault that would help prevent rapes on campus. GOP state Rep. Mike Bocchino objected by saying that there are no witnesses to rape, and if there are, it's a “really great party”:

“No question that sexual assault is a horrific thing. No question that date rape things that happen on college campuses are disgusting. Because at the end of the day, there are no witnesses…or at least if there are, it’s a really great party.”

Connecticut Democrats, through a spokesperson, have called on Bocchino to apologize: “I assume that it was an attempt at humor, but Rep. Bocchino should know better — and his constituents elected him to know better. Campus sexual assault is not a joke. It affects both genders, but up to one in five female students are victims. It’s a serious problem, and I hope Rep. Bocchino publicly apologize for his distasteful and offensive comment.”

Watch a local news report on Bocchino's comments:

WFSB 3 Connecticut

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