“I am sorry for anything in my college writings to the contrary,” said Neomi Rao. (File)
Neomi Rao, President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, apologized Monday for her controversial writings from college about date-rape victims, which had come under scrutiny from at least one GOP senator.
In a letter Monday to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Rao condemned “sexual assault in all forms” as “abhorrent” and stressed that she “particularly regret[s] the insensitivity demonstrated in my remarks on rape and sexual assault.”
She said that in college, she was “sheltered” and that her perspective on the issue evolved as she grew more mature and became a mother to two children.
“No woman or man should be subject to sexual violence, regardless of the clothes they wear or how much alcohol they consumed. Non-consensual sexual activity is never appropriate or excusable,” Rao wrote to the committee. “Victims should not be blamed for the terrible things that have happened to them. As a society we should create an environment where survivors feel empowered and comfortable coming forward.”
She added, “I…
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