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British TV show apologizes for poll asking if rape is ever a woman’s fault

Loose women, a popular debate show with a four-woman panel on British channel ITV has come under fire for running an online poll asking whether it’s “ever a woman’s fault” when she gets raped. The poll was prompted by the controversy over Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde’s remarks. Hynde said she believes women deserve the blame in some cases, and said she takes “full responsibility” for her the sexual assault she suffered when she was 21 years old. The poll drew outrage from social media users and was condemned by sexual assault charity Rape Crisis as “ill-considered, insensitive and insulting.” The group added that rape is both morally and legally always 100 percent the fault of the perpetrator. The poll — where a vast majority of nearly 88 percent responded that it was never a woman’s fault — was taken down, and a spokesperson for the show issued an official apology, saying, “We always want to know what our viewers think about topical issues, however, we accept that the wording of the online poll was misjudged and we apologise for any offence caused.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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