ITV's Loose Women will not face investigation by Ofcom over rape poll

Published Monday, Sep 14 2015, 16:23 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Ofcom will not launch an investigation into Loose Women's rape victims poll.

ITV received 74 complaints about the show on 1 September when a poll asked whether rape was ever a woman's fault.

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The poll was in response to an interview with musician Chrissie Hynde, in which she said she blamed herself for a sexual assault that happened at the age of 21.

The women's panel show ran an online poll asking on Twitter: "After Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde's comments - we're asking is it ever a woman's fault if she is raped?"

An ITV spokesperson later apologised saying the "wording" of the online poll was "misjudged".

Now, after accessing the complaints, TV watchdog Ofcom have decided not to take it any further. "We carefully considered a number of complaints that it was offensive for this programme to ask the audience 'are women ever to blame' in cases of rape," said a spokesperson.

"We noted the panel did not say that rape victims were in any way responsible for the behaviour of their attackers; and the audience strongly concurred with the sentiment 'no means no' expressed by many on the panel.

"We found the panel discussion and references to an online poll were in line with audience expectations for this live panel programme, which often covers difficult topics. Therefore, we are not taking the matter forward for investigation."

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