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UK Lawmaker Says Short Skirts And Heels Make You More Likely To Be Raped

Richard Graham told a newspaper that women in high heels and short skirts are more likely to get raped. Graham later clarified, saying it’s about “risk maintenance.”

1. Richard Graham, the MP for Gloucester, England, is backing away from controversial statements he made regarding rape.

2. During an interview from Friday with local newspaper The Citizen, he was quoted addressing the safety of young women out alone at night.

3. Graham, posting on his personal blog, said his quote was misunderstood.


I stick by these words. When asked more questions by the reporter I gave examples of things – including getting drunk or wearing clothes that are hard to run away in – that might increase rather than reduce risk for young women.

Encouraging a sensible approach to risk management in no way intimates ANY excuse for predatory behaviour, let alone rape, and I have asked The Citizen to clarify that and to apologise…

4. He believes what women wear out at night isn’t a matter of asking for it, but rather an issue of what he calls “risk management.”

Via thisisgloucestershire.co.uk

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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