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Dem Rep. Johnson: Women Partially to Blame for Sex Abuse

Dem Rep. Johnson: Women Partially to Blame for Sex Abuse
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By    |   Thursday, 19 October 2017 02:46 PM

A Democratic congresswoman broke a feminist taboo Wednesday when she argued that women are partially to blame for sexual abuse because of the way they dress or behave.

On Thursday Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas tried to backtrack from her remarks to a local NBC affiliate in Fort Worth.

Commenting on the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal, the 81-year-old legislator explained that her views are based on "old-school" morality.

"I grew up in a time when it was as much the woman's responsibility as it was a man's — how you were dressed, what your behavior was," she said.

"I'm from the old school that you can have behaviors that appear to be inviting. It can be interpreted as such. That's the responsibility, I think, of the female. I think that males have a responsibility to be professional themselves."

She also condemned the Hollywood movie mogul and argued that men also need to behave themselves or be criminally liable for sexual abuse.

Johnson's candid comments so violated Democratic dogma against blaming the victim that she quickly tried to walk back her statements.

"Sexual assault and harassment has no place in our society. This is something I believe deeply. … I do not blame the victims of sexual assault for the actions of their assailants," she said on her congressional website Thursday.

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A Democratic congresswoman broke a feminist taboo Wednesday when she argued that women are partially to blame for sexual abuse because of the way they dress or behave.
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