The head of the Rape Crisis Centre in the North West says comments like those made by Newstalk presenter George Hook on Friday counteracts the good work being done in many organisations locally.
Parvez Butt is the Director of the Rape Crisis Centre in Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan and he says his employer Newstalk should consider Mr. Hook’s position carefully.
The Newstalk broadcaster started his programme this morning with a ‘profound apology’ for the comments where following an item on an alleged rape case he asked: ‘Is there no blame now to the person who puts themselves in danger?’
The comment provoked outrage over the weekend with the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan stating it was irresponsible especially in light of the powerful position Mr. Hook holds on a national radio station.
The National Women’s Council of Ireland are to make a complaint to the station and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland on the issue.
Speaking to Ocean FM News, Parvez Butt, said the comments displays ignorance on this sensitive issue:
Parvez Butt says such a comment is extremely damaging and undoes the work of many organisations like his own around the country: