Chrissie Hynde Blames Herself For Being Raped: “This Was All My Doing”

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Chrissie Hynde Rape

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Chrissie Hynde feels women are sometimes to blame for being raped, and now the Pretenders singer is receiving tremendous backlash for some of her shocking remarks. Hynde, who was sexually assaulted more than 40 years ago, says in a new interview that she takes “responsibility” for being raped in Ohio when she was 21 years old.

Hynde’s controversial comments stem from a new interview in which she discusses a passage in her autobiography Reckless that recounts how a motorcycle gang molested her while she was high. She tells the Sunday Times, “You know if you don’t want to entice a rapist, don’t wear high heels so you can’t run from him.” But she doesn’t stop there. Hynde says, “If I’m walking around in my underwear and I’m drunk. Who else’s fault can it be?”

Though the gang was supposed to take her to a party and instead brought her to a house, where they raped her, Hynde feels, “Technically speaking, however you want to look at it, this was all my doing and I take full responsibility” because she says she was wasted at the time.

And to make no sure there’s confusion, Hynde states, “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.”

Suffice to say, Hynde’s remarks have set off a firestorm on Twitter. Twitter user Bessemerband wrote, “Chrissie Hynde is wrong. 100% of rapes have in fact been caused by rapists, not clothes.” Author Jane Hersey added, “Chrissie Hynde No, if a woman choses to wear a short skirt and high heeled shoes it is not an invitation to rape NO EXCUSES FOR RAPE.” A person with the Twitter handle AzuriteEnigma expressed, “Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde – please don’t tell other victims it was theirs.”

Meanwhile, writer Jenny Trout, tweeted, “I’m not going to roast Chrissie Hynde for her remarks, because A LOT of survivors think that way. It’s not right, but it’s self-defense.” Trout continued, “Do I want Chrissie Hynde to realize that what she said hurts other survivors? Yes. But I’m not here for a pile on that won’t fix anything.”

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