This needed its own post.

Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders fame says some rape victims have to take responsibility

According to Hynde, rape victims who dress provocatively or are drunk have to take some responsibility for what happened to them.

I’m going to have to go ahead and disagree with that one.

Hynde is obviously uneducated when it comes to rape. Like a lot of people, she apparently thinks rape is more about sex than it is about control, violence and humiliation.

It is absurd coming from a woman who says that at age 21 she accepted a ride from a man in a biker gang who said he was going to take her to a party but instead took her to an abandoned house where she was forced to perform sexual acts on multiple members of his bike gang.

Here are direct quotes from Hynde, and I promise I didn’t make this slop up. It’s in the article:

“If I’m walking around in my underwear and I’m drunk? Who else’s fault can it be?” she asked, calling it “common sense.”

“If you don’t want to entice a rapist, don’t wear high heels so you can’t run from him.”

WHAT? WHAT? WHAT????

How about trying to figure out what is wrong with a man who is so enticed by high heels that he forgets he is expected to CONTROL himself, not another human being? How about educating men to keep themselves in check? I cannot believe we have an actual alleged rape survivor who is victim-blaming herself instead of holding the perpetrators accountable for their own actions.

I don’t know what Chrissie Hynde is on but she needs to get professional help. Sooner than later. Do I think it was a good idea for me to get drunk February 16, 2003? No. But did that give S.L. the right to rape me?? NO! In that situation, there is only ONE bad guy and it is HIM, not ME, and not ANY victim!

Thanks for setting back the developments made in the fight against rape about thirty years, Chrissie Hynde.

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