Student boss quits over ‘women in short skirts’ posts
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.”