The Straits Times
Published on Oct 12, 2012

US politician says 'some girls they rape so easy'


CHICAGO (AFP) - A lawmaker in the US state of Wisconsin has come under fire for repeatedly relaying his father's advice that "some girls, they rape so easy."

The controversial comments led Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan - a Wisconsin congressman - to withdraw his endorsement of Roger Rivard just hours before Mr Ryan was set to debate Vice President Joe Biden.

It was the second time Mr Ryan has withdrawn an endorsement from a fellow Republican due to offensive rape comments.

Missouri congressman Todd Akin drew widespread condemnation for declaring in August that a woman's body can prevent conception in cases of "legitimate rape" as he tried to explain his opposition to abortion even in cases of rape.