Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich, speaking at a town hall event in New York Friday, advised a student who asked him about sexual assaults on college campuses not to “go to parties where there's a lot of alcohol.”
The questioner, who identified herself as a local college student, asked Kasich what he would do as president to help her and other students "feel safer and more secure regarding sexual violence, harassment and rape.”
Kasich replied that students should have resources to report assaults confidentially and to “pursue justice.” He added that efforts should be made to ensure that everyone knows “exactly what the rules are."
"I have two 16-year-old daughters and I don't even like to think about it," Kasich said.
"It's sad, but it's something that I have to worry about," the student interjected.
Kasich replied, "Well, I would give you, I'd also give you one bit of advice: don't go to parties where there's a lot of alcohol. OK? Don't do that."
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After his comments were met with controversy, Kasich attempted to clarify them on Twitter.
This post has been updated.