Chrissie Hynde created a lot of controversy when she said that dressing and acting in a certain way can make it that person’s fault if they’re raped. She was referring, in part, to her own experience of gang rape and said that “this was all my doing and I take full responsibility”. Many modern-day anti-rape campaigns stress the point that dressing or acting provocatively isn’t necessarily an invitation to sex, let alone rape, so there was an understandable backlash. One of the latest people to speak out about it was Jackie Fox (now known as Jackie Fuchs), ex-bassist for The Runaways.
Fox was especially angry because she too was a victim of sexual assault. “[T]here’s no such thing as asking for it. And poor judgment is not an invitation to rape, nor an excuse for it”, she stated. “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 […] is asking an awful lot of men and women — especially young people”.