Liberals are abuzz right now over an alleged gaffe made by John Kasich while campaigning in New York today.

The Ohio governor — who is a father to twin 16-year-old daughters — was asked how he would combat sexual assault on campus as president and ended his answer with: “I’d also give you one bit of advice. Don’t go to parties where there’s a lot of alcohol.”

Here’s the video:

Cosmopolitan and the DNC called Kasich’s answer “victim blaming” . To Salon, it was “problematic.” Think Progress wrote that it “perpetuates the disproved myth that there is a direct link between alcohol consumption and rape.”

Claire McCaskill weighed in as well:

But here’s the thing … Kasich isn’t wrong:

From Northwestern’s guide to “Protect Yourself from Sexual Assault“:

  • Be careful about when and where you decide to drink.
  • It has been estimated that over 75% of acquaintance rapes involve alcohol and drugs. *
  • Use a buddy system for mutual support when you attend parties.
  • Watch your drinks at all times.

Hey, if it’s good enough advice at Northwestern, it’s good enough for us!

Kasich later took to Twitter to expand on his answer:

And thank you to the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel for pushing back against the narrative:


Editor’s note: An additional tweet was added to this post.