Former The Runaways Star Jackie Fox Has Lashed Out At Chrissie Hynde Over Remarks The Pretenders Singer Made In A Recent U.k. Newspaper Piece About Rape Victims.
Picture: Chrissie Hynde - Chrissie Hynde arriving for dinner at Novikov Restaurant & Bar at Mayfair - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 21st July 2015
The Brass In Pocket hitmaker outraged many rape crisis officials when she told the Mail on Sunday she blamed herself for a sexual assault that occurred when she was 21, and urged young women to be more "responsible" and dress modestly if they didn't want to become victims.
Hynde said, "If you don’t want to entice a rapist, don’t wear high heels so you can’t run from him... If you’re wearing something that says 'Come and f**k me', you’d better be good on your feet."
Her remarks have upset Fox, who recently opened up about her rape ordeal at the hands of The Runaways then-manager Kim Fowley when she was a teenager.
She says, "I found myself being surprisingly angry (about Hynde's comments), but I don’t want to cast a stone at Chrissie Hynde - just at that one particular statement. Because it’s a really dangerous message.
"It bothers me, because I don’t know that she’s gone out there and talked to rape victims. If you had seen the messages that people sent me, so many of them were about, 'I’ve always thought it was my fault'. We already think that anyway. So this is just telling people who’ve recently gone through this experience of being raped or abused, 'Yeah, you’re right, it is your fault'."
Fox adds, "There’s no such thing as asking for it. And poor judgment is not an invitation to rape, nor an excuse for it. I know so many women who were raped while they were drunk or high, and they all blame themselves. To say that a woman can’t misjudge how much she’s drinking, or dress in a way that makes her feel good about herself for fear that men aren’t going to be able to control themselves, or that she has to be able to know who is dangerous and who isn’t, is asking an awful lot of men and women - especially young people."