I weigh in on Ke$ha
Kesha's situation has gotten me really down.
For two years, Kesha has been suing to get out of the Sony contract due to at least one incidence of rape by her producer at age 18. (10 years ago.) She also speaks of emotional and mental abuse as well as forcing her to take drugs, that caused her to have an eating disorder and require a stint in rehab. Kesha never pressed criminal charges against her rapist as many young women exploited by men in power don't, she just doesn't want to record more albums with him or the company that ignores his crimes against her.
Last week, the high court denied Kesha's plea to break the contract, stating that Sony have invested too much money in her career for her to break the contract now.
And images of Kesha's heartbroken face hearing this news went viral.
I'm not down because Kesha's lot in life is worse than the rest of the world's women. I'm down because it is exactly the same as the rest of the world's women, money and fame doesn't change that.
In forcing her to stay employed by her rapist, Kesha is the face of all women around the world.
From exploitation of young wannabe actors in LA to bonded labour workers in India who feel unable to report their rape for fear of losing their jobs. Kesha's rape isn't worse than any of theirs, but it's exactly the same.
Kesha is the face of all women who are asked if they were "really" raped. What were you wearing? Did you just change your mind afterwards? Why didn't you fight him off? Why didn't you come forward earlier? Why are you tarnishing this man's reputation?
Kesha shows us all why women don't report their attackers. If a rich, white, award-winning American celebrity can't seek justice from her rapist, what chance do the rest of us have? They say 70% or more of women experience some level of sexual harassment or violence in their lifetime. Over 30% of all women will be raped, yet only 2-5% of rapists will ever be successfully charged.
The silence and hesitance of victims to report what happens to them makes it easy for men to accuse them of lying. But we know better.
Kesha came forward with her allegations and she has been thoroughly defamed and publicly humiliated as a result. Due to the court's ruling she may never be able to work as a singer again, while so far there is no word of her rapist losing his job.
When you've already been violated and humiliated by your perpetrator, the thought of being violated and humiliating by legal teams, police officers, courtrooms of spectators and the worldwide press can deter any woman from viewing a prosecution as worth the emotional trauma.
Every day women are raped around the world and they are silenced by social and legal barriers that prevent them from being viewed as credible victims worthy of social justice. Today, all our eyes are upon Kesha as we bare witness to this injustice. But for today she isn't just one woman and this case isn't about one attacker. Today, Kesha is all women. And we all hurt with her.
Read my post about shame and legal bungling on sex crimes in Australia here: How the system failed my friend
Sign the petition to boycott Sony here: http://chn.ge/1Tw56jD
Read my take on reactions to Taylor Swift's donation to Kesha here: http://on.fb.me/1RXXLtn