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Women Side Against Rape Victims: Mirren

'Jealous' female jurors would 'say she was asking for it'
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2008 7:04 PM CST
Women Side Against Rape Victims: Mirren
British actress Helen Mirren attends Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani's Fall-Winter 2008/2009 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, June 30, 2008.   (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

(Newser) – Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren caused a stir in London today by saying female jurors are unlikely to side with rape victims. “Women on a rape case would say she was asking for it,” Mirren told the London Times. “The only reason I can think of is that they’re sexually jealous.” One advocate for rape victims called the remark "destructive" and said it could dissuade women from reporting the crime.

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“She might have a point about women, but I don’t know what she is trying to prove by talking again about how cases are treated in the courts," the advocate told the Telegraph. Mirren, who says she has been "date-raped a couple of times," did not go to police because "it is a tricky area especially if there is no violence.” Polls show that up to a third of Britons believe rape victims are responsible for the crime if they get drunk or wear suggestive clothing.

(Read more Helen Mirren stories.)

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