Bibi Baskin and Fiona Looney open up about sexual assault on TV3’s Midday

31st Aug 15 | TV News

TV3’s popular panel show Midday today (Monday 31st August) discussed the controversial remarks recently made by The Pretenders front-woman Chrissie Hynde, where she faulted herself for her being sexually assaulted.

TV3’s popular panel show Midday today (Monday 31st August) discussed the controversial remarks recently made by The Pretenders front-woman Chrissie Hynde, where she faulted herself for her being sexually assaulted.

She told the Sunday Times magazine that she was sexually assaulted at 21 by an Ohio motorcycle gang member, yet she claimed to take “full responsibility” for what happened and also said that women who dress provocatively while walking down the street drunk were to blame if they were attacked

Midday host Elaine Crowley discussed these comments with today’s panel - Columnist Fiona Looney, Broadcaster Bibi Baskin, Author Caroline Grace Cassidy and Actress Leigh Arnold.

Both Bibi, who was appearing on the show for the first time, and Fiona shared stories from their past in which they encountered sexual violence.

Fiona spoke about her surprise at how people reacted to her experience:

“I've never spoken about this. I was sexually assaulted about 25/30 years ago. I had been drinking. I was drunk. My guard was down. I was wearing a short skirt. It was awful. At the time it was the worst thing that ever happened to me. It was dreadful. But afterwards, the amount of people, and I hate to say this, mainly women, who said ‘yeah but your skirt was really short and you were quite drunk’.

“I'm sorry, how is that my fault that a man forced me down and pulled my legs apart? How is that my fault because of what I was wearing?

“I was quite dismayed at how many people said ‘well, what did you expect?’ and maybe that’s why I didn't report it actually.”

Bibi spoke about a time she was groped while visiting India:

“I haven't said this before. An incident happened to me in India a couple of years ago.

“It was dark and maybe 8 o’clock in the evening. I was not in Indian dress because I was with a mate from Ireland I dressed in western dress. So I'm walking along this part of the city where street light is dim and this man just grabbed my boob.

“My immediate reaction was, I shouldn't have dressed like this. I think that's the wrong reaction but I have to admit it was my reaction in that moment.”

During the show they also spoke to Ellen O’ Malley Dunlop from the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre who said that she would urge “anyone who was a victim of an assault to ring the helpline and get the support and help to get through it.”

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre Helpline 1800 77 88 88

‘Midday’ airs weekdays from 11:30am to 12:30pm on TV3 with catchup on 3player. 

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