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The Runaways Jackie Fuchs Responds To Chrissie Hynde Rape Comment

by Roger Wink, VVN Music on September 3, 2015

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The Runaways’ Jackie Fuchs, who came out with allegations of being raped by the band’s manage Kim Fowley in the mid-70’s, has criticized Chrissie Hynde for comments she has made about who is to blame in some cases of rape.

Hynde recently spoke with the London Sunday Times, telling them of an incident from when she was 21 where she felt she was to blame and not the abuser. “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. 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.”

Fuchs told Yahoo News:

I found myself being surprisingly angry. Don’t put your heroes on pedestals. 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 [other] 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.’ But 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.

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