During a roundtable discussion at Fox News braintrust “The Five,” co-host Bob Beckel really stepped in it with a suggestion that rape does not happen on college campuses.
While parsing a piece of Colorado legislation (House Bill 1224) that would allow women to carry concealed weapons to prevent sexual assault at colleges, Beckel asked, “When’s the last time you heard about rape on a college campus?”
“What?” one shocked co-host snapped.
“What are you talking about?” an indignant—and frequently insufferable—Eric Bolling said. “It’s rampant.”
“Oh, it’s rampant?” questioned Beckel. “Rapes on campus?” Bolling responded. “Where?” Beckel was curious.
“In particular, date rape on campus,” said Dana Perino.
“Yeah, date rape, that’s one problem,” Beckel conceded, “but you gonna take a gun out and shoot your date?”
“If your date is a rapist, you shoot them,” co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle quickly replied. Tough to argue with that.
According to the CDC, an estimated 20-25 percent of women in college in the United States reported experiencing an attempted or a completed rape during college.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of sex abuse, the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) can help. Please call, 24 hours a day, to speak with a counselor: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)