State Sen. Jennifer Shilling
Press Release

Justice Bradley’s Defense of Rapists

Justice Rebecca Bradley has refused to apologize for previous statements she made arguing that women “play a role in date rape.”

By - Mar 21st, 2016 12:11 pm
Rebecca Bradley

Rebecca Bradley

MADISON, WI – Over the past two weeks, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley has refused to apologize for previous statements she made arguing that women “play a role in date rape.” Gov. Walker, who appointed Bradley to the position, has defended the embattled Justice while also dodging questions about his vetting process.

“Judges are supposed to stand up and protect victims, not shame them,” said Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “Justice Bradley’s statement reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of our criminal justice system and a lack of respect for women. If she is unable or unwilling to respect the rights of women and prosecute criminals to the fullest extent under the law, she is unfit to serve on our state’s highest court.”

While studying at Marquette University, Rebecca Bradley argued that it was “legitimate” to believe that “women play a role in date rape.” Despite attempts to walk back other previous statements, Justice Bradley has refused to disavow her comments blaming victims of rape. Justice Bradley has stood by her previous statements equating birth control to murder and arguing that pharmacists should deny contraceptive coverage to women who have a prescription.

“Gov. Walker clearly didn’t do his homework before appointing Justice Bradley to the bench,” added Shilling. “The statements made by Justice Bradley represent a horrible, misinformed and completely irresponsible view of the challenges facing women in our state. She owes families an apology.”

Jennifer Shilling serves as the Wisconsin Senate Democratic Leader. She represents the 32nd State Senate District which includes La Crosse, Vernon, Crawford, and part of Monroe Counties.

Shilling for Senate

Press Releases by State Sen. Jennifer Shilling

State Sen. Jennifer Shilling

Republicans propose “Permitless Carry” bill

In wake of mass shootings, GOP wants to arm more teenagers

State Sen. Jennifer Shilling

Lawmakers fear Wisconsin impact of ACA repeal

Thousands to lose coverage, millions would face higher costs

State Sen. Jennifer Shilling

Treat family like family

Senate Dem Leader urges passage of paid family leave bill

State Sen. Jennifer Shilling

Republicans renew effort to block lifesaving medical research

GOP proposal would criminalize Wisconsin’s cutting edge biomedical advances

State Sen. Jennifer Shilling

What ever happened to the Gold Standard?

GOP denies reality on job losses while defending lavish tax break to the top 1%

State Sen. Jennifer Shilling

GOP Agenda is Failing Wisconsin Families

State loses over 4,000 manufacturing jobs despite lavish GOP giveaways

See More Releases

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *