Singer Chrissie Hynde in trouble for saying that it can be a woman's fault if she is raped
Singer Chrissie Hynde has got herself into hot water for saying that it can be a woman's fault if she is raped.
The Pretenders star (63) said 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 in a Sunday Times interview.
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. You know, 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?"
But her comments were condemned by the charity Victim Support who said that victims "should not blame themselves".
Lucy Hastings, the charity's director, said: "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.
"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 and support they need."