Chrissie Hynde Blames Self for Rape, Comes Under Major Fire

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Rocker Chrissie Hynde finds herself under major attack this week after comments she made to The Sunday Times about a sexual assault that took place over four decades ago.

In short, the Pretenders lead singer says she's the one to blame for getting raped.

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Saying she takes "full responsibility" for what happened when she was 21, Hynde explains:

"If I'm walking around in my underwear and I'm drunk. Who else's fault can it be?. Technically speaking, however you want to look at it, this was all my doing and I take full responsibility."

Hynde detailed how she was forced to perform sexual acts on members of an Ohio motorcycle gang after they promised to take her to a party... yet instead brought her to an abandoned house to have their way with her.

"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 continued.

"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."

The artist basically shrugged and said she didn't think this was a "controversial' viewpoint, but many others disagree.

"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," said Lucy Hastings, director of an organization called Victim Support says.

"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."

Numerous Twitters users have also called out Hynde for what should be an obvious reason:

Wearing something racy may understandably subject one to a few catcalls.

But that's a very long way from rape.

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