Kesha Talks Feminism And Violence Against Women In Her First Statement After #FreeKesha
"This issue is bigger than just about me."
This post discusses sexual, physical and emotional abuse.
After a court ruled on the weekend that she was contractually obliged to make six more records with Sony, and in turn her alleged abuser Dr. Luke, Kesha has received an unprecedented wave of support. The #FreeKesha hashtag has become a meeting place to rally against not only the perceived cruelty of the ruling, but speak about the problems all women, irregardless of privilege, face when speaking out against abuse.
Though there’s been a noticeable lack of men doing the same, countless high-profile women including Demi Lovato, Lorde, Lady Gaga and Lena Dunham have publicly stood in solidarity with the singer. Yesterday, the latter published a blistering essay about violence against women for Lenny and this morning Adele has pledged her support on stage at the Brit Awards. Considering the continued status of the alleged abuser in the music business, this is no small feat.
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Now Kesha’s made her first statements in response. Writing on Instagram last night she said she was “beyond words in gratitude”. “The support I have received has left my face swollen from tears”. And on Facebook this morning she posted a much longer message addressing the larger discussions brought up by her case.
“At this point, this issue is bigger than just about me,” she said. “I think about young girls today — I don’t want my future daughter, or your daughter, or any person to be afraid that they will be punished if they speak out about being abused, especially if their abuser is in a position of power.
“Unfortunately I don’t think that my case is giving people who have been abused confidence that they can speak out, and that’s a problem. But I just want to say that if you have been abused, please don’t be afraid to speak out. There are places that will make you feel safe. There are people who will help you. I for one, will stand beside you and behind you.
“We’re all in this together. You are not alone.”
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If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.
Men can access anonymous confidential telephone counselling to help to stop using violent and controlling behaviour through the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491.