‘The Pretenders’ Singer Chrissie Hynde Under Fire for Rape Comments

By Larissa Mendoza

The Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde is under fire after making comments about rape in the UK’s Sunday Times.

While talking about her own sexual assault, she also blamed women for being raped.

“You know if you don’t want to entice a rapist, don’t wear high heels so you can’t run from him,” Hynde said.

She also blamed herself for the assault that happened to her when she was 21-years-old because she was high at the time.

“If I’m walking around in my underwear and I’m drunk. Who else’s fault can it be?” she said.

The night she was assaulted she was forced to perform sexual acts and was brought to an abandoned house instead of a party, according to E! News.

“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,” she told newspaper. “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.”

Many went on social media to speak about Hynde’s interview.

Lucy Hastings, director of the charity group Victim Support, slammed her for her comments, saying that no victim should ever “blame themselves” for an attack.

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