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Tucker Carlson: Rape survivors who don’t report are ‘part of the problem’

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Tucker
Carlson discussed Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation against
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh with his guest, Ethan
Bearman.

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News/YouTube


  • Tucker Carlson discussed the sexual assault allegation
    against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on his show
    Tuesday night.
  • The Fox News host suggested that rape survivors had an
    “obligation” to immediately report their attackers.
  • He said: “If Bernie Madoff rips you off and you don’t
    tell his other investors, you’re part of the problem, are you
    not?”
  • Carlson has previously said survivors have an
    “obligation as a citizen” to report their sexual assault
    experiences, “to protect the rest of us from whomever you
    believe did it.”

Tucker Carlson suggested that rape survivors have an “obligation”
to immediately report their rapists, and that they are “part of
the problem” if they don’t.

The Fox News host on Tuesday night likened surviving rape to
losing money on an investment scheme, and suggested that rape
survivors were doing others a disservice by not reporting their
experience.

He was discussing the sexual assault allegations against Supreme
Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that were made by Palo Alto
University professor Christine Blasey Ford, and have come to
dominate the nomination process.

Ford claimed that a 17-year-old Kavanaugh pinned her down, put
his hand over her mouth, and groped her at a party when they were
in high school.


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Brett
Kavanaugh.

Reuters

She previously reported the allegations against Kavanaugh, now
53, anonymously, but
revealed her identity on September 16
. She is scheduled to
testify against him on Thursday.

Although Ford’s allegations are of sexual assault, not rape,
Carlson switched to speaking about a hypothetical “rapist” in the
discussion.

Here is the relevant exchange between Carlson and his guest,
radio host Ethan Bearman, on Tuesday. Carlson’s comments are in
bold:

Carlson:
She [Ford] didn’t tell anybody
his name for 36 years, during which time he got married, he
interacted with many others in our population. Sex offenders tend
to commit serial sex crimes.

Doesn’t she have an obligation to tell someone to stop
him from doing that if he is in fact a sex criminal? Where’s her
obligation here? What about the rest of us?

Bearman: No. Because every psychologist will tell you, there are
eight primary reasons why a sexual assault victim, why a trauma
victim doesn’t come foward, doesn’t talk about it —

Carlson: I’m not asking about her reasons — I’ m sure she
has a million reasons, and maybe they’re legitimate. I’m asking
about the rest of us, the other 320 million who live here [in the
US]. If he’s actually a sex criminal, we have a right to know
that and she has an obligation to tell us.

I know it’s hard, but why don’t we have a right to know?
If there’s a rapist on the loose, if you don’t tell anybody, if
Bernie Madoff rips you off and you don’t tell his other
investors, you’re part of the problem, are you not? What am I
missing?

Bearman: Dr Ford did communicate with her therapist, she’s
produced that evidence, she’s going to talk in front of the
committee, which

Carlson: But why not tell this? She didn’t name him
for 36 years. I’m not saying it’s not true. I’m saying that if it
is true, what’s going on here? Don’t the rest of us have a right
to protect ourselves from this dangerous man?

Watch the segment around the 3:16 mark in the video below.

Last week Carlson also suggested
that sexual assault survivors have an “obligation as a citizen”
to immediately report their experiences.

He said at the time: “It’s pretty straightforward. If you believe
a crime has been committed against you, you report it. Go to the
police.

“It’s not always easy, obviously, but it’s still your obligation
as a citizen, not least to protect the rest of us from whomever
you believe did it.”

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