Senator Stabenow Responds To George Will Protest

(WLNS) – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow is joining the growing chorus of people upset that George Will is speaking at Michigan State University’s graduation.

A Michigan State alumna herself, Senator Stabenow says she’s “deeply disappointed.”

“I am deeply disappointed that George Will is being honored this weekend. His statements on sexual assault are inaccurate, offensive, and don’t represent the values of our state or MSU. I urge the university to continue their efforts to combat campus sexual assault, including the recent convening of the University Task Force on Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence.

Michigan State University students protested Wednesday against Will as a speaker. They’re angry because they say he made insensitive comments about victims of sexual assaults in an editorial he wrote back in June.

An October speech by Will at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, also drew protests.

The protests against the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist have grown out of a June column he wrote about federal pressure on colleges in reporting of sexual assaults.

Will questioned statistics cited by President Barack Obama’s administration and suggested that federal authorities were making “victimhood a coveted status.”

Will has said he was criticizing loss of due process for those accused of the serious crime.

Organizers say the columnist has a “track record of downplaying the seriousness of rape” and want the university to cancel his speech.

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