Singer Chrissie Hynde has caused outrage after suggesting women are to blame for being raped in an interview.
In an interview with Sunday Times magazine in the UK, the singer says women who dress provocatively are enticing someone who’s already unhinged.
“If I’m walking around in my underwear and I’m drunk … who else’s fault can it be?” she says.
“If you’re wearing something that says ‘Come and f*** me’, you’d better be good on your feet… I don’t think I’m saying anything controversial am I?”
The singer reveals in her autobiography, Reckless that she was sexually assaulted when she was 21.
She told the Sunday Times that a member of a motorcycle gang had promise to take her to a party, but instead took her to an abandoned house and forced her to performance sexual acts under the threat of violence.
Now, she says she takes full responsibility for the assault.
“Technically speaking, however you want to look at it, this was all my doing and I take full responsibility,” she says.
“You can’t f*** about with people, especially people who wear ‘I Heart Rape’ and ‘On Your Knees’ badges … those motorcycle gangs, that’s what they do.”
“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.”
The Pretenders singer’s comments have cause outraged among victim support charities, as well as online. Some people have even expressed their sympathy for Hynde, who appeared to have blamed herself for her own sexual assault for so many years.