02/21/2013 08:09 am ET Updated Apr 23, 2013

Bob Beckel Addresses Incendiary Rape Comments On 'The Five'

Fox News' Bob Beckel addressed his incendiary comments about rape on Wednesday's "The Five."

Beckel drew instant outrage -- even from his more conservative co-hosts -- when he seemed to wonder whether rape ever happened on college campuses.

"When's the last time you heard about rape on a college campus?" he asked.

On Wednesday, he responded to the controversy.

"Yesterday, a number of people responded to what I said about date rape as if I didn't think it was a serious issue," he said. "Of course I think it's a serious issue. It's a horrible, horrendous issue. And it's simply put, this, rape is rape. Whether it's date rape or it's somebody coming in off the campus trying to rape somebody else. I very strongly feel that way. And so, I just want to straighten the record out on that."

Of course, Beckel wasn't criticized for making the distinction between rape and date rape. He was criticized for saying that no rape at all was happening on college campuses.



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