A "short skirts risk rape" comment was made by British lawmaker, Richard Graham, and it has brought on a firestorm of outrage from women's groups, Inquisitr reports. Jan. 27.
Graham voiced his opinion over what may tempt a rapist to attack a woman.
“A night out is about having fun without putting yourself at risk. If you are a young woman on her own trying to walk back home through a park early in the morning in a tight, short skirt and high shoes, and there’s a predator…if you are blind drunk wearing those clothes how able are you to get away?
The lawmaker later elaborated that he was referring to "risk management" in his short skirts comment. Graham said what he said “in no way intimates ANY excuse for predatory behavior."
“Risk management is a million miles from saying anything like ‘she was asking for it … It’s not about the impact of your clothes on a potential predator in my view – it’s about whether the clothes you’re wearing make it harder to get away from a predator.”
Jo Wood, a trustee of Rape Crisis England and Wales, reacted to Graham's rape comment.
She responded by saying:
“These comments have set us back about 100 years. It doesn’t matter if you are off your face and lying naked on a bench — that man takes it upon himself to rape you. This should be about putting the blame back on perpetrators.”
A lot of emphasis has been placed on the subject of rape in politics and lawmaking recently. For whatever reason a number of men in political power have voiced controversial views on what rape is or why it happens. It is certainly a hot button issue that keeps living among today's biggest debates.