Ohio governor John Kasich, a long-shot candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, is polling in a distant second behind Donald Trump in next week's New York primary. And his comments at a town hall in Watertown, New York Friday probably won't do much to help him sway the youth vote.
A first year at St. Lawrence University asked him, "Being that I'm a young female college student, what are you going to do in office as president to help me feel safer and more secure regarding sexual violence, harassment, and rape?" His response started out strong, emphasizing how colleges in Ohio try to combat sexual assault:
"In our state, we think that when you enroll, you ought to absolutely know that if something happens to you on the lines of sexual harassment or whatever, you have a place to go where there is a confidential reporting, where there is an ability for you to access a rape kit, where that is kept confidential, but where it gives you the opportunity to be able to pursue justice after you've had some time to reflect on it all. And we are in a process of making sure that all higher education in the state—and this ought to be done in the country—that our coeds know exactly what the rules are, what the opportunities are, what the confidential policies are, so that you are not vulnerable, at risk, and could be preyed upon. I have two 16-year-old daughters, and I don't even like to think about it."
The student replied, "It's sad, but it's something I have to worry about." And then Kasich went into problematic victim-blaming mode, saying, "I'd also give you one bit of advice. Don't go to parties where there's a lot of alcohol." The crowd greeted that bit with applause.
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