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Posted Aug 30th, 2015 (2:55 pm) by Heather Starks

The "Brass In Pocket" singer puts the blame squarely on the victims of rape.

Chrissie Hynde recently sat down with The Sunday Times to discuss her new memoir, "Reckless," in which she recounts her life as a rock star as well as tales of drug use and sexual abuse. When asked about her experience in regards to the sexual abuse, Hynde responded, "You can’t paint yourself into a corner and then say whose brush is this? You have to take responsibility. I mean, I was naive. ... They’re motorcycle guys! If you play with fire you get burnt. It’s not any secret, is it?”

When interviewer Krissi Murison unsurprisingly said she was "shocked" to hear her say this, Hynde replied, "If I’m walking around in my underwear and I’m drunk, who else’s fault can it be?" To which Murison responded, "The guy who attacks you?"

Hynde continued her horrific diatribe: "Oh, come on! That’s just silly. 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. You know, if you don’t want to entice a rapist, don’t wear high heels so you can’t run from him. If you’re wearing something that says ‘Come and fuck me’, you’d better be good on your feet… I don’t think I’m saying anything controversial am I?"

This is not the first time the singer has made questionable statement regarding rape and abuse. In an interview with Rolling Stone in 1980, Hynde said, "I had a few bad experiences, but the way I look at it now is, for every sort of act of sodomy I was forced to perform, I'm gettin' paid 10,000 pounds now. ... That's how I try to look at it, anyway."

Strange words coming from a woman who has survived, by her own account, multiple instances of rape or sexual abuse. Unfortunately, responses such as these are all too common when victims do not receive the help they need to realize the long term effect of such a traumatic experience. Lucy Hastings, the director of Victim Support, told The Guardian:

"Victims of sexual violence should never feel or be made to feel that they were responsible for the appalling crime they suffered – regardless of circumstances or factors which may have made them particularly vulnerable. 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. It is critical that nothing deters victims of sexual violence from coming forward to the police or to independent organisations so they can get the help and support they need."

Sounds like Chrissy could use some long overdue help herself.

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