Viewers of Good Morning Britain were left fuming after host Richard Madeley appeared to ‘victim blame’ a girl who was spiked on a night out.
Richard and his co-host Susanna Reid were speaking to a girl who had been a victim of spiking in a nightclub following reports that girls were being injected with unknown substances on nights out.
After Jemma Wolstenholme, who appeared on the show alongside her mum, revealed that she had been helped by a friend who put her in a taxi after she started to feel unwell, Richard asked her: ‘But had you been taking precautions?
‘Had you, obviously you’re aware of the risk of drinks being spiked, had you been trying to protect your drink? Had you kept your hand over it? Had you kept it with you, do you remember that?’
Jemma responded: ‘Yeah, well it’s sort of second nature now because we have been told for so long that we should be careful who is near our drinks. So if I did leave it, it was left with my friend and it was “Watch my drink”.
‘And we were sat at a table and it wasn’t particularly busy where we were sat, so it’s still a bit of a mystery as to how it happened, but you see people finding opportunities wherever they can and all it would have taken was one tiny distraction.’
Susanna interjected: ‘Honestly Jemma, it’s not your responsibility to take the precautions to stop someone who does maliciously put something in your drink, I mean how on earth anybody is expected to constantly watch a drink I don’t know!’
Viewers were not impressed with Richard’s line of questioning, tweeting: ‘Sounded like victim blaming, asking if she took precautions. You wouldn’t ask that of someone who was physically attacked, or house was burgled.’
Others added: ‘Thats right Richard, let’s question the girl if she was careful enough!’ and ‘why is the onus on the girl you are interviewing to take precautions and cover her drink? The onus is on the person not to spike her drink surely?! It appears you are insinuating it was her fault??’
Another raged: ‘She shouldn’t have to keep her hand over her drink Richard these vile creatures who are doing this need to be brought down to earth and locked up women should feel safe and not be looking over their shoulder!’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.