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ABAC police chief: Most sexual assaults 'ain't rape'

Bryan Golden, ABAC's  Police Chief Bryan Golden, ABAC's Police Chief
Dr. David Bridges, ABAC's President Dr. David Bridges, ABAC's President
Shelby Evans, Head Editor for The Stallion Shelby Evans, Head Editor for The Stallion
Jenna Pope, Special Projects Reporter for The Stallion Jenna Pope, Special Projects Reporter for The Stallion
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Although Police Chief Bryan Golden was suspended for shocking statements about sexual assault, he is back on the job at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

In a story about sexual assaults on college campuses in the student newspaper The Stallion, Golden was quoted as saying:

"Most of these sexual assaults are women waking up the next morning with a guilt complex. That ain’t rape, that’s being stupid. When the dust settles, it was all consensual. It doesn’t happen here. It doesn’t show up here. They’re about as much a rape as a goat roping.”

If there is an allegation of a rape on the campus, Golden may have to help lead the investigation.

“They were unfortunate, they were insensitive, we have dealt with that,” said Dr. David Bridges, ABAC’s President.

An editor and reporter at The Stallion said those comments overshadowed the message they were trying to convey, and the school's president says the Golden’s comments don't reflect the University or police department.

Head Editor Shelby Evans and Special Projects Reporter Jenna Pope wrote an article featuring the resources on campus for sexual assault victims.

"We just wanted to know what the process was like for a sexual assault victim and whether they had any cases of sexual assault victims coming in and reporting,” Pope said.

"Right from the get go we had conversations about why we wanted to do this story, who we might want to get in contact with and the questions we would ask,” Evans said.

Golden was one of the many people they interviewed, but they were shocked by what he said.

“I hoped that it did not reflect on the entire police force at ABAC's campus,” Pope said.

Bridges distanced himself and the college from Golden's remarks.

"We don't support them, they were wrong,” Bridges said. “We don't in any way condone them. They don't represent the general view of the college."

Golden was suspended without pay, but is now back on the job. He's also undergoing sexual assault sensitivity training.  Bridges said sexual assaults are not a problem on campus and that victims have help through their health clinic, campus counselors and police department.

"If you look at their record they have an outstanding record for providing safety on campus,” Bridges said.

Evans said the views Chief Golden expressed just don't make sense.

"What we all sort of thought about was how it completely contradicted the evidence, which is when women who have been sexually assaulted report on campus they are supported,” Evans said.

Pope says they didn't find anyone else on campus who shared the police chief's views.

"My interviews with the police force, other members of the police force it did not reflect the entire police force,” Pope said.

Bridges told us he believes the college dealt with this controversy appropriately and hope to move on. Golden declined to be interviewed for this story.

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