Opinion Comment

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Sarah Caden: How Chrissie Hynde deals with her rape is up to her

The singer has taken the rap for her rape, says Sarah Caden, but she never claimed to speak for everyone

Chrissie Hynde
Chrissie Hynde
Chrissie Hynde

Sarah Caden

When Chrissie Hynde was 21, she was raped by a gang of Hell's Angels. Last week, in an interview to promote her new autobiography, Reckless, Hynde talked about the rape and took "full responsibility" for what happened. By doing so, Hyde, as she put it in an interview later in the week, became "a leading authority on rape".

"Technically speaking, however you want to look at it, this was all my doing and I take full responsibility," the 62-year-old Pretenders front woman said last week.

"You can't f*** about with people, especially people who wear 'I Heart Rape' and 'On Your Knees' badges . . . Those motorcycle gangs, that's what they do. You can't paint yourself into a corner and then say, 'Whose brush is this?' You have to take responsibility. I mean, I was naive.

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