A statement on the abuse of the rock band The Pretenders frontman Chrissie Hynde has aroused strong reactions in social media this weekend.
In an interview in The Sunday Times says 63-year-old Hynde how she was young was sexually abused by a member of a motorcycle gang. And that, says Hynde, was partly her own fault.
– No matter how you look at it, it was me who did this and it was my responsibility. (…) Motorcycle gangs do so here. One can not paint themselves into a corner and then ask themselves whose brush was. It was I who was naive, she says.
On the question of whether the motorcycle gang exploited her vulnerability respond Hynde: “It is no secret that whoever plays with fire gets burnt,” and continues:
– If I walk around drunk in my underwear, whose fault is it then if not mine?
The interview has stirred up criticism storm online and condemned even by the British organization Victim Support, which supports victims.
– Victims of sexual violence should never feel, or be made to feel that they are responsible for these heinous crimes, said the organization’s president, Lucy Hastings, The Guardian.