Rocker Chrissie Hynde, lead singer for the group The Pretenders, has come under fire for comments about rape and suggesting that some women should "take responsibility."
In an interview with London's Sunday Times
, Hynde said women should not wear "I Heart Rape" and "On Your Knees" badges and should be careful about drinking to too much, said the Huffington Post
"You can't paint yourself into a corner and then say, whose brush is this? You have to take responsibility. I mean, I was naïve," Hynde told the Sunday Times.
"If I'm walking around in my underwear and I'm drunk? Who else’s fault can it be? ... 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," Hynde's continued.
Lucy Hastings, director of the charity Victim Support, pushed back against Hynde's comments to The Guardian
, saying that the singer was blaming the victim for their own rape.
"They should not blame themselves or be blamed for failing to prevent an attack – often they will have been targeted by predatory offenders who are responsible for their actions," said Hastings.
"It is critical that nothing deters victims of sexual violence from coming forward to the police or to independent organizations so they can get the help and support they need," she said.
The rocker found other detractors on social media.
Hynde did find some support on social media.
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