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Both sexes can be to blame for rape

Published 07/09/2015

Well said, Chrissie Hynde.

True, a woman has the right to wear whatever she pleases and not expect to be assaulted.

But if she also chooses to become incapably drunk, or drugged, so that she is unable to say "No", she should not be surprised if bad things happen.

As Holly Baxter said (Saturday Review, September 5), it's not right to think that all men are inclined towards rape. But drunken young men often are inclined towards having sex.

If a young woman behaves in a manner that indicates she is not disinclined, the outcome is more or less inevitable.

And neither party can be absolved from guilt.


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