Rick Perry Suggests Fossil Fuel Use Will Help Prevent Sexual Assault

While speaking at an event on Thursday, Energy Department Secretary Rick Perry shed light on a new way, at least in his opinion, people could combat sexual assault.

Perry appeared to use actual lights as a metaphor for the light of “righteousness” that he said would shine on sexual assaults, according to The Hill reporter Timothy Cama:

Electricity, Perry said, was important for Africans who couldn’t read by fires because of the fumes emitted.

“But also from the standpoint of sexual assault,” Perry continued. “When the lights are on, when you have light that shines, the righteousness, if you will, on those types of acts. So from the standpoint of how you really affect people’s lives, fossil fuels is going to play a role in that.”

It’s unclear whether Perry meant people could prevent sexual assault by literally turning on lights or whether he thought fossil fuel use, in general, would prevent sexual assault.

Perry’s comments came amid a wave of sexual misconduct allegations in the entertainment industry.

Following many accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, social media users — entertainers in particular — started the “me too” trend as a way to acknowledge they were victims of sexual harassment or assault.

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