Chrissie Hynde, the 63-year old Pretenders singer, stirred up a backlash with remarks she made in an interview she gave to the Sunday Times in which she discussed a sexual assault she suffered decades ago. Hynde suggested it can be a woman’s own fault when she is raped. The rock singer said she takes “full responsibility” for being raped by a motorcycle gang member in Ohio when she was 21. “If I’m walking around in my underwear and I’m drunk? Who else’s fault can it be?” she told reporter Krissi Murison. “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.” Her comments drew criticism from both activists, who said women should never blame themselves for a sexual assault, and commenters on social media. Hadley Freeman of The Guardian, however, offered a different perspective on the controversy, tweeting, “Many people seem furious with Chrissie Hynde, and I get why, but I feel pity for her. Imagine blaming y/self for sthg so awful for so long.”
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