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."

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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...

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

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