Stu­dent boss quits over ‘women in short skirts’ posts

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Harry Yorke

THE sec­re­tary of Durham Uni­ver­sity’s stu­dent union has re­signed af­ter claim­ing that women wear­ing short skirts was like “leav­ing your door un­locked”.

David Van Eg­ghen, a former pupil of St Olave’s gram­mar school, Or­p­ing­ton, stepped down from his sab­bat­i­cal po­si­tion af­ter he was found to have made com­ments about women, white supremacy and rape on so­cial me­dia.

Com­ment­ing on an ar­ti­cle in Jan­uary, which asked whether a woman’s choice of cloth­ing could “pro­voke rape”, Mr Van Eg­ghen wrote: “It’s like leav­ing your door un­locked, you don’t pro­voke rob­bery but you make it more likely.” Asked to jus­tify his claims by an­other so­cial me­dia user, he con­tin­ued: “De­pends on what the asker means by pro­voked ex­actly. If they mean it raises the chances of it hap­pen­ing then yes, it might well do.”

Af­ter his re­marks were pub­lished by a stu­dent news­pa­per, Mr Van Eg­ghen said: “These com­ments were made the best part of a year ago, I apol­o­gise for of­fence caused by my re­marks.”

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