Chrissie Hynde blasted for saying women play role in rape 238



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Pretenders star, Chrissie Hynde has copped a lot of flack in the UK overnight for saying that women who dress provocatively are to blame if they are attacked.

Hynde, now 63, was interviewed by The Sunday Times Magazine in what reads as quite a heartwrenching feature about her life and sexual violence. She blamed herself for being put in the position to be forced to perform sexual acts under the threat of violence at the humble age of 21.

The Sunday Times magazine told the story that when Chrissie was 21 an Ohio motorcycle gang member promised to take her to a party but instead took her to an empty house. Chrissie was clear that she lays full blame at her own feet for putting herself in this situation.

She said: “Technically speaking, however you want to look at it, this was all my doing and I take full responsibility. 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. …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. If you play with fire you get burnt. It’s not any secret, is it?”

Hynde, whilst opening up about her own story in an emotional way, has caused outrage to be aimed at her from activists across the world because she believes that women play a role in the situation.

“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?”

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

“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?”

Hynde’s comments have caused a stir on Twitter, as well as comment from a range of victim support charities.

The singer’s comments were condemned by the head of the charity Victim Support, who said victims should not blame themselves.

Lucy Hastings, Charity Director for Victim Support in the UK 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.


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  1. She seriously needs help. What is wrong with this woman? No-one, I mean NO-ONE deserves to be raped!!

  2. I don’t think she is saying that anyone deserves to be raped – she is saying take responsibility for yr own safety as much as possible. There are a lot of sickos out there so be aware.

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  3. No one deserves to be raped, but I actually agree with her comments. The way some young women dress especially when attending events where young men’s brains are affected by alcohol and drugs can only be considered as provocative.

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  4. If this woman believes its a woman’s fault if she is raped then how does she feel about the two young women in India. These two women are to be marched thru the streets of their village – naked and then gang raped by any man who wants a go – because of something their brothet did. I suppose her thinking is “they are women so suck it up”. Shame on her. Why is it a woman’s fault if a man cant keep his zip closed.

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    • Lynne Lavender, when I heard that on the news this morning, I was appalled. What a barbaric country, with no respect for women, would allow this to happen. However, I don’t think that this is what she was referring to when she said that. There are predators out there who will rape nuns and small children, much less some unsuspecting woman. There is never any excuse for this disgusting behaviour, and all blame lies with the low life who did it.

  5. Chrissie I think your deluded, NO ONE AND I DO MEAN NO ONE DESERVES TO BE RAPED, how dare you make such a disgusting statement, you need to hang your head in SHAME YOU IDIOT.

  6. She was sharing her own experiences & story. At least she has opened up a debate or discussion about what is happening. I think a lot of rape goes on in the private home. On another level, being drunk on public streets in general, let alone scantily dressed, would lead to trouble. I have seen them coming home from functions & I shake my head. In our youth we did not dress so scantily or afford to get drunk. I wonder what the stats are for those years compared to now. When you comment like this immediately someone will always see another issue & tear you down. There are many ‘layers of an onion’ to peel away with this problem of rape & people’s different values, ethics & platform they are coming from.

  7. I’ll put my 2 cents in to. There’s violent rape, and there’s intercourse. Most women who think they can be half dressed, drunk in a pub or vomitting in a street should be aware that some animal is going to rape them. They themselves are like the animals, waving their bottoms provocatively like in the mating season, and actually invite intercourse. The girls in India as mentioned above, and the Yazidi and Christian women who are fully dressed and raped by ISIS beasts, they deserve our pity only.

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    • Oh please. It’s this sort of attitude that I don’t like. As someone else commented ‘if a woman is standing naked in the street it is not an invitation for rape’. It’s attitudes like this that allows some men to believe it’s never their fault that a woman asked for it because of the way she was dressed. Men have a brain between their two ears don’t they?

    • Donuta. Your a one very mixed up woman as for your husbands comment..I’d be worried about him !

    • Of course you are all young women raised in an age of no accountability for your own actions, so I understand your feelings. My husband was a commander of an army battallion, Lyn Bradford, and has seen the behaviour of 1000s of males. So therefore, one could assume he knows a thing or two about the male psyche. Another good saying is: when rape is inevitable, lie back and think of England. That way you don’t get injured. With the proliferation of Muslims coming to every country rape will exponentially increase dramatically.

    • I CANNOT believe that a woman can be so judgemental, and use such sleazy terms, about other women!! Not to mention the appalling ignorance about other cultures. I regularly travel to Malaysia, a MUSLIM country, and feel safer there than I ever do here. And no, I behave and dress no differently there. PS I couldn’t be classified as “a young woman”

    • Good grief Danuta – please, please shut up. Your bias and ignorance is appalling. I am no young woman and I certainly do NOT understand your view – it is from another century. My recommendation to you is to go and do some volunteer work in a rape centre. Gee I wish I could be beside you as you learn to have a more intelligent view of this trauma for women.

    • When I was in my 20’s I saw the result of a young woman who had been raped, she went to the beach sunbaking in her swimsuit while she studied and some guy dragged her to the sand hills and violently beat her and raped her, it is an image that will always stay in my brain, there was not a woman who saw her at the time who did not look at her and cry. Rape is a violent brutal crime and no woman deserves that.

    • Patrine, I have lived in 10 countries, albeit in another century, and have visited 14 countries for various reasons. I did not use any sleazy terms. I am just provocative in the mind of pople who have been treated like egg shells. I have been in wars and revolutions, that makes for a hardy personality. I speak many languages and know what the friendly foreigners are saying and thinking about our females. That’s why I know that it is inevitable that rape will increase.

    • Rape is not about sex. It is an assault. You should be ashamed of yourself Danuta. No girl deserves to be raped no matter how she dresses or behaves.

    • Oh heavens I can”t believe any woman in this day and age would even try to make excuses for rapists. Many older women have been raped, women in their 60’s and 70’s and even 80’s. Your not going to tell me these women deserve it !! No woman young or old ever deserve this kind of degrading attack and I would be watching your husband very closely if I was you

    • I am not ashamed at all. I think the scantily dressed girls should be ashamed. And remember, we are talking about an article regarding an interview with a female musician who went through rape and thought that she was a bit stupid mingling in the wrong crowd. When you put your toes in the fire they’ll burn. Girls have to employ common sense. What’s more this is a site for over 60s; they’ll think differently, Leanna.

    • don’t kid yourself, men know right from wrong , we know that if it goes beyond looking without permission , it is rape, tell your old man from me that he has his hand on it to much

    • Danuta Glendenning I am aware this is an over 60’s website and I am over 60 myself and so are all these people who are telling you that you are wrong

    • Danuta Glendenning I am glad your not an Australian we don’t need Aussies condoning rapists here , I wonder if New Zealand does !!

  8. Sadly, I have to say I agree with her. There is a huge difference between dressing ‘attractively’ and dressing ‘provocatively’. One way attracts attention, the other attracts reaction. Her comments aren’t justifying ‘rape’. They are acknowledging that if you ‘send a certain message’, then you put yourself at risk of attracting the wrong ‘reaction’.

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  9. Ignorant male. Thinks men have the right to do with women whatever they wish. Apologist for wrongdoers. Thank goodness we are moving on from this. In Dallas Texas they know what to do with abusers of women. Families need to bring boys up to respect women and Dad needs to set example.

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