RAINN Response to Donna Rotunno’s Comments

Washington, D.C. - Today RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, released the following statement in response to comments made by Weinstein attorney Donna Rotunno in an interview with the New York Times’ The Daily Podcast:

“Comments like these are what we’d expect from someone who has made a career out of defending rapists. The narrative that the ability to avoid rape is under the victim's control is probably good for her business, but has no basis in fact. We hope all juries are too smart to believe such self-serving excuses for the crimes that rapists commit.” - Erinn Robinson, Press Secretary, RAINN

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