BBC Star accused of ‘victim blaming’ for asking Daisy Goodwin if she was certain she was groped

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BBC star Martha Kearney is accused of ‘victim blaming’ for asking Daisy Goodwin if she was ‘absolutely certain’ she was groped by former London mayoral candidate Daniel Korski

A BBC presenter sparked a backlash yesterday after asking Daisy Goodwin if she was ‘absolutely certain’ she was groped by former London mayoral hopeful Daniel Korski.

Ms Goodwin appeared on Radio 4’s Today programme to talk about her ordeal. 

At one point host Martha Kearney asked her: ‘And are you absolutely certain about what happened to you? It was ten years ago. Could there be any ambiguity about it?’ 

Ms Goodwin replied: ‘I’m really surprised you’re asking me that, Martha.

‘Yes, it happened to me ten years ago but when something like this happens to you, you know that it has happened to you because you were there – you felt it.

Daisy Goodwin has accused Daniel Korski of groping her a decade ago

Radio 4’s Today host Martha Kearney asked Ms Goodwin ‘are you absolutely certain about what happened to you?’

‘You felt amazed, shocked and rather humiliated. I mean, to ask me if I’m certain is to ask me if I’m making it up. That’s not the case.’ 

Some social media users hit out at Ms Kearney for ‘victim-blaming’. Others posted that it was ‘appalling’ and ‘inappropriate’.

Mandu Reid, leader of the Women’s Equality Party, said: ‘One thing there is no ambiguity about is the impact that questions like the one aimed at Daisy Goodwin this morning has on women.

‘This question is a perfect example of how women are routinely undermined when they report harassment or abuse. It immediately puts a question mark over the woman’s credibility and integrity.

‘This is serious because the fear of being disbelieved prevents women from coming forward.

‘It takes enormous courage to speak out publicly as Daisy Goodwin has done, especially when the alleged perpetrator is a powerful, high-profile man.’

Daniel Korski has now withdrawn from the London mayoral race as a Conservative candidate

Daniel Korski has now withdrawn from the London mayoral race as a Conservative candidate

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