A police chief at a small Georgia college who said rape was “women waking up the next morning with a guilt complex” is back on the job.
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Chief Bryan Golden told the campus newspaper for a report on sexual assault resources on campus that rape “doesn’t happen here.”
Here are his comments, from television station WALB:
Most of these sexual assaults are women waking up the next morning with a guilt complex. That ain’t rape, that’s being stupid. When the dust settles, it was all consensual. It doesn’t happen here. It doesn’t show up here. They’re about as much a rape as a goat roping.
Read his comments to school newspaper, The Stallion, in full here. Golden did not provide a comment to the television station but has denied his original comments. WALB reported that Golden had been suspended without pay over the comments, but the station did not say how long the suspension was for.
According to WALB’s Wednesday report, Golden was already back on the job — a position that may require him to lead or oversee sexual assault investigations. The television station also reported that Golden was “undergoing sexual assault sensitivity training.”
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College is a part of the university system in Georgia with its campus in Tifton, a small town in southern-central Georgia. The enrollment is just under 3,500 undergraduates.
ABAC President David Bridges called the comments “unfortunate” and “insensitive” in an interview with WALB.