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Trump’s Indian-American Judicial nominee apologies for college writings on date rape

Prominent Indian-American attorney Neomi Rao, nominated by President Donald Trump for the powerful DC Circuit Court of Appeals, has apologised for the “insensitivity” in her college days articles on date rape and sexual assault.

Rao, who could replace Brett Kavanaugh on the the US’ second-most powerful court, came under fire during her confirmation hearing last week over op-eds she wrote as an undergraduate at Yale, the Politico reported.

In an article on date rape, Rao, 45, wrote that if a woman drinks to the point where she can no longer choose, well, getting to that point was part of her choice.”

In a letter to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Lindsey Graham and its ranking member, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Rao wrote that she had failed to recognize at the time how her remarks could be viewed as offensive, and she described herself as a “sheltered” college student.

“I particularly regret the insensitivity demonstrated in my remarks on rape and sexual assault, she wrote.

While responding to events and debates on campus, I failed to recognize the hurt that my words would cause a survivor of such crimes. I recognize now the arguments I made might discourage a victim from coming forward or from seeking help.