In an interview with the Sunday Times published today, Chrissie Hynde opened up about her past as a victim of sexual assault and that interview has people talking about sexual assault, rape and the role the victim plays in the crime. Hynde remarked that when comes to rape a woman must ask herself what she did wrong to invite the rapist to attack her. She was quoted as “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 … that’s just common sense.” Many disagree with notion that any victim of sexual abuse, sexual assault or rape is ever to blame.
The comments about rape come from Hynde’s revelation that she had been a victim of sexual assault. The episode is described in detail in her autobiography, “Reckless. She describes when she was 21 she was abducted then raped by members of a motorcycle gang. She writes about the experience that “Now let me assure you that, technically speaking, however you want to look at it, this was all my doing and I take full responsibility.” In more graphic detail Hynde tells how she should have known better because the motorcycle gang were known to commit sexual crimes against women. Rape counselors aren’t completely surprised by the comments as many rape victims blame themselves.
Lucy Hastings, director of the charity Victim Support reports that it isn’t unusual for victims to blame themselves but it no way their fault. She said, “They should not blame themselves or be blamed for failing to prevent an attack Continuing, Hastings, an expert in sexual assault and rape counseling, reminds us that women have to learn that rape is not about sex but of power and control. It has nothing to do with sex. Hasting stated, “Rape is never the victim’s fault. Let me repeat that: Rape is never, never, ever the fault of the victim.”
In her interview, Hynde also took a shot at today’s female, artists “A pop star who’s walking around, parading themselves as a porn star and saying they’re feminists. She continued by stating that the singers “They’re prostitutes.” Chrissie Hynde believes that talent isn’t about what you wear or how little you wear, it is all about your talent. Hynde talks bravely of being the victim of rape. The fact that she still believes she was at fault for violence shows how rape can affect a woman. Rape is never the fault of the victim, no matter how you dress. Tonight, in a show of solidarity with women who are victimized everyday with name calling and the threat of sexual violence, Amber Rose and Black Chyna wore outfits emblazoned with words that are used to tear women down such as whore, stripper and gold digger and bitch. The reason for their ensemble “They call us sluts and whores all the time, so we just embrace it”. It was meant to show the public it isn’t exceptional to call women derogatory names like those on their painted outfits.