Friday 21 October 2016

Singer Chrissie Hynde says victims 'to blame' in some rape cases

Chrissie Hynde is under fire
Chrissie Hynde is under fire

Singer Chrissie Hynde has been criticised for saying that it can be a woman's fault if she is raped.

The 63-year-old Pretenders rocker said she blames herself for being forced to perform sexual acts under the threat of violence.

Aged 21, the star crossed paths with members of one of Ohio's leather-clad gangs, who promised to take her to a party, but instead took her to an empty house. However, she claims to take "full responsibility".

"Technically speaking, however you want to look at it, this was all my doing and I take full responsibility," she told the Sunday Times Magazine.

"You can't f*** about with people, especially people who wear 'I Heart Rape' and 'On Your Knees' badges ... those motorcycle gangs, that's what they do.

"You can't paint yourself into a corner and then say 'whose brush is this?' You have to take responsibility. I mean, I was naive."

Hynde went on to say that women who dress provocatively while walking down the street drunk are also to blame if they are attacked.

"If I'm walking around in my underwear and I'm drunk? Who else's fault can it be?" she said.

"If I'm walking around and I'm very modestly dressed and I'm keeping to myself and someone attacks me, then I'd say that's his fault.


"But if I'm being very lairy and putting it about and being provocative, then you are enticing someone who's already unhinged - don't do that. Come on! That's just common sense.

"If you don't want to entice a rapist, don't wear high heels so you can't run from him.

"If you're wearing something that says 'come and f*** me', you'd better be good on your feet. I don't think I'm saying anything controversial, am I?"

Her comments were condemned by the charity Victim Support, who said that victims "should not blame themselves".

"Victims of sexual violence should never feel they were responsible, regardless of factors which may have made them particularly vulnerable," said the group's director Lucy Hastings.

"It is critical that nothing deters victims of sexual violence from coming forward to the police or to independent organisations so they can get the help they need."

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