Kasich Defends Advice to Student to Avoid Parties With ‘Lots of Alcohol'

The Republican presidential candidate initially told the student there should be a clear reporting process for sexual assault survivors

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich advised a young woman asking about sexual assaults on college campuses not to “go to parties where there’s a lot of alcohol,” NBC News reported. 

In his initial response on Friday, the Ohio governor told the St. Lawrence University student that sexual assault survivors should be able to access rape kits and be given a clear reporting process. 

When she said sexual assault was something she had to worry about, Kasich responded: "I'd also give you one bit of advice, don't go to parties where there's a lot of alcohol. OK? Don't do that.” 

Kasich later denied accusations from the Democratic National Committee and Planned Parenthood that he was blaming victims. He said he didn't mean to imply the responsibility lay on victims, but that that alcohol “obscures the ability of people to seek justice" after an attack.

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