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Former 'Crimewatch' presenter Nick Ross sparks fury over rape comments

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Former Crimewatch presenter Nick Ross has defended himself after suffering backlash from anti-rape campaigners.

Ross says that his new book Crime was "serious, carefully researched and evidence-based".

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© Nick Ross

Nick Ross and Fiona Bruce on 'Crimewatch'



In the book, an excerpt of which was published by The Mail on Sunday, he said: "Half of all women who have had penetrative sex unwillingly do not think they were raped and this proportion rises strongly when the assault involves a boyfriend, or if the woman is drunk or high on drugs: they led him on, they went too far, it wasn't forcible, they didn't make themselves clear...

"For them, rape isn't always rape and, however upsetting, they feel it is a long way removed from being systematically violated or snatched off the street."

Jo Woods, a trustee of Rape Crisis, told the Daily Mail: "I feel absolute fury. I really thought we had moved on from such outdated and ridiculous viewpoints.

"Such comments do immense damage to victims of sexual violence. They stifle them. They prevent them from coming forward for the help they need. These comments are ill-advised, uneducated and quite simply wrong."

Nick Ross

© Nick Ross

Nick Ross



The 65-year-old took to Twitter to defend himself, saying: "Mail on Sunday puts offensive words in my mouth, then seeks outraged comments.

"The MoS reporter was straining to make me say outrageous things and then provoked outraged reactions by telling people things I don't believe.

"Am especially angry that MoS appears to have given Victim Support an exaggerated account of what I said. I've been a champion of VS for yrs."
Ross has said that instead of pursuing legal action against The Mail on Sunday, he is seeking an apology.

He is also urging people to read the entire chapter before judging his remarks, saying: "I'm calling for a more equal view of women, not a patronising one."

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