The "Short skirts risk rape" comments made by UK Conservative lawmaker, Richard Graham continues to cause an outcry. A report from earlier today at IBTimes reveals Graham was condemned for saying short skirts and high heals cause a greater risk for rape.
Graham told a local newspaper on Friday:
"If you are a young woman on her own trying to walk back home through Gloucester Park, early in the morning in a tight, short skirt and high shoes and there's a predator and if you are blind drunk and wearing those clothes how able are you to get away?"
The comments came after actor Joanna Lumley stated women who are drunk in a “silly dress” are make themselves "vulnerable to be raped." The actor told the Telegraph women should not "look like trash," be getting drunk, and sick." She tells women, "don’t break your heels and stagger about in the wrong clothes at midnight. This is bad. It’s not me being a snob about it. It's not me being an old woman talking to young women, it’s just standard practice for how our species should behave. Don’t behave badly.”
Graham stated today that his prior comments were about "risk management," adding how he remembers a close family member telling him many years ago that she had been raped.
"I will never forget her words as she told me what happened. I owe it to her and all my female constituents never to take this issue lightly."
What are your thoughts on the comments made by Graham and Lumley?