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Chrissie Hynde criticised for saying high heels and ‘f*** me’ clothes could 'entice' a rapist

The Pretenders rocker has been accused of victim blaming.

Image: Yui Mok/PA Images

ROCKER CHRISSIE HYNDE has sparked controversy by saying in an interview with The Sunday Times that the clothes a woman wears could “entice a rapist” to rape them.

In a lengthy interview about her autobiography, Hynde discusses being sexually assaulted by an Ohio motorcycle gang when she was under the influence of drugs.

The Pretenders star says that she does not blame the gang for the attack on her, rather, saying that she takes “full responsibility”.

“You can’t f*** about with people, especially people who wear I Heart Rape and On Your Knees Badges…They’re motorcycle gangs! If you play with fire you get burnt,” she says.

After speaking about her own assault, Hynde goes on to talk about rape in society and says that some victims must take responsibility.

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

“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 Hyndes comments cause a strong reaction online with many accusing her of victim blaming.

 

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