Radio station's poll about rape victims sets off backlash

Screen grab from 630CHED.com.

Screen grab from 630CHED.com.

Allison Salz, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:16 PM ET

EDMONTON ─ What they posed as a “controversial” poll question, ended up causing a firestorm of controversy for an Edmonton radio station Thursday.

In a poll posted Thursday morning on the 630 CHED website, and to the station's Twitter, they posed the question:

"It's very controversial but do you think victims of sexual assaults share any blame for what happens?"

Two responses were posted ─ one said "no ─ women should be able to dress, drink and walk as they choose without fear of being blamed," while the other said "yes ─ if women drink too much, dress too little or walk in harms way they put themselves at risk".

The poll was a follow up to a city police hosted panel discussion, "Hard Talk Panel on Rape Culture," held in conjunction with Sexual Exploitation Week in the city.


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