Stacey Dash says it was never her intention to blame the victims of sexual assault and abuse–saying in a statement Monday she is herself a victim. “LET ME BE CLEAR: I am a victim of physical and sexual abuse,” Dash wrote on Facebook Monday afternoon. “My point was that there IS NO EXCUSE for a man taking advantage of women under any circumstances.”
Dash has been under fire over comments she made on Fox News Channel’s “Outnumbered” that seemed to brand victims of sexual assault “bad girls”:
“I think the girls — it’s a good thing — for the good girls to be told to stay home, be safe. The other bad girls – bad women – are the ones who like to be naughty, might go out and play and get hurt and then, you know … but the other thing about this is that it then blames the alcohol instead of the person who over-drinks. So it’s like, the same thing with guns. Guns don’t kill people; people kill people. Alcohol doesn’t get you drunk; you get yourself drunk.”
Here are Dash’s comments in full:
After a failed attempt at humor about “good girls” and “naughty girls,” during my recent appearance on Outnumbered, I transitioned to the very serious issue of men blaming alcohol for their vile behavior. LET ME BE CLEAR: I am a victim of physical and sexual abuse. My point was that there IS NO EXCUSE for a man taking advantage of women under any circumstances. I believe that these universities focusing on alcohol consumption as a means to stop evil behavior takes the focus off the real issue of the objectification of women and how that can be prevented. I apologize to anyone who believed I was blaming the victims of these horrible acts.