Chrissie Hynde has been blasted by women’s groups after stating that it can be a woman’s fault if she is raped.
Hynde was discussing her own sexual assault experience, saying women could be culpable for being drunk, dressing provocatively, or making bad decisions.
In a weekend interview with the Sunday Times, the 63-year-old singer of The Pretenders, said she believes women can sometimes be to blame for putting themselves in bad positions.
Hynde spoke of a sexual assault she experienced at age 21, when she accepted a ride with a biker gang member who promised to take her to a party.
Instead, the biker took Chrissie to an abandoned house, where she was forced to perform sex acts on several members of the biker gang.
She said, “Technically speaking, however you want to look at it, this was all my doing and I take full responsibility.”
Hynde then went on to suggest that women who dress provocatively and are raped bear some of the responsibility for the rape.
She explained, “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.”
Of course, her remarks angered anti-rape advocacy groups.
Lucy Hastings, spokesperson for Victim Support, strongly disagreed with Chrissie’s suggestion that women play any role in rape besides that of the victim.
Hastings stated, “Victims of sexual violence should never feel or be made to feel that they were responsible for the appalling crime they suffered — regardless of circumstances or factors which may have made them particularly vulnerable.
“They should not blame themselves or be blamed for failing to prevent an attack — often they will have been targeted by predatory offenders who are responsible for their actions.”
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