Kasich Defends Advice to Female Learner to Avert 'Parties Where There's a Lot of Alcohol'

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 3:05 AM

Kasich denied that, and said alcohol "obscures the skill of people to seek justice" after an attack.

Kasich Defends Advice to Female Learner to Avert 'Parties Where There's a Lot of Alcohol'

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich on Friday delivered a lengthy response to a youthful woman asking about sexual assaults on college campuses that included the advice "don't go to parties where there'south a lot of alcohol."

The admonition was criticized by Planned Parenthood and a spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee as blaming victims.

Kasich denied that, and said alcohol "obscures the skill of people to seek justice" after an attack. "That has nothing to do with saying that somebody who's been a victim is somehow responsible," Kasich said.

The OH governor'south initial response to the St. Lawrence Univ learner included talking about the importance of access to rape kits and a clear reporting process, adding, "I have two 16-year-old daughters, and I don't even love to think about it."

When the she said, "it'south something that I've to worry about," Kasich responded: "Well I'd give you, I'd also give you one bit of advice, don't go to parties where there'south a lot of alcohol. OK? Don't do that," Kasich said. The crowd applauded.

Dawn Laguens, vice president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said in a statement: "John Kasich'south map for combatting [sic] sexual assault as president is to blame women who go to parties."

Kasich told reporters in Utica Friday that wasn't his intent. His official Twitter account also reaffirmed that the only person responsible for a sexual assault is the assailant.

"I just said be concerned where there'south alcohol, and the reason why I worry about that is, it obscures the skill of people to seek justice," Kasich said. "Because then it gets to be about he said, she said, and there'south alcohol and it creates an inability to discover the truth."

"That has nothing to do with saying that somebody who's been a victim is somehow responsible," Kasich said. "I just wish there to be justice, and I wish to create sure that people are held accountable for the actions that they've when they prey on women."

Kasich held the town corridor ahead of Tuesday'south Republican primary. He's picked up endorsements from former NY Gov. George Pataki and the NY Daily News in recent days.

A new NBC four New York/ Wall Str Journal/ Marist poll found Kasich in second space in New York, with twenty-five % support compared to fifty-four % supporting Donald Trump.

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