Imagine being a young 18 year old kid, and one of the biggest pop stars in the world. Now imagine waking up after your 18th birthday knowing that you’ve been drugged and raped by someone close to you. This person was supposed to be your mentor in the industry that you loved, a person who helped mold and shape your career. A person you trusted to take care of you but he decided to use his power against you instead of help you.  This is what Kesha Rose 28 claims happened to her shortly after her 18th birthday. Kesha was in a Manhattan Supreme Court on February 19th begging the judge to nullify her recording contract because it brought her into contact with super-producer Dr. Luke, whose real name is Luke Gottwald. She claimed Dr. Luke raped her. Sony offered her to work with another producer, but Kesha stated she was afraid that they would just shelve her music and not promote it after the allegations. 

The Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich said she thought Sony would suffer irreparable harm if Kesha was not compelled to abide by a contract that requires her to make six more albums with the company. The judge said that granting the singer’s request to nullify her deal would undermine the state’s laws governing contracts and the court couldn’t do that. Now imagine that you will have to still record 6 albums for the music empire that knew about your abuse at the hands of your own music producer. 

The tongues are really wagging, they want to know what took Kesha so long to open up and tell her truth. People want to know why, much like the Cosby victims did she not only take so long to come forward, but why did she deny these same allegations back in 2011? What changed, and why now? It’s the same set of asinine questioning that most victims face after gathering up the courage to admit their truth. 

You want to know why now? Because if she was indeed a victim of rape and intimidation it’s a big deal to remove the veil and come forward and risk it all to speak up. Because power, prestige, and money usually speaks louder than the victim. Can you imagine for a moment what it’s like to tell that someone in power raped them? Victims who were raped by politicians, military personnel, police department; all male dominated industries. These industries make it damn near impossible for a woman to speak up without the intimidation, coercion, and shame. The scare tactics used against the victims are often times life threatening, and these men know it. People usually turn around and blame the victim for the abuse and assault. It leads the victim down a lonely road of trauma, suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with fear being at the center of it all. This is why victims don’t come forward. Because they are forced to face their abuser, and no one freaking believes them.

Kesha has suffered bulimia, and drug abuse. She states it stems from the rape incident and not being able to share her truth.  With the judge ordering her to continue to work alongside her attacker Kesha is undoubtedly vulnerable. The music industry is one big machine and the odds aren’t in women’s favor. Instead of being able to share their dreams women are forced to change who they are physically and mentally. They are forced to live underneath the microscope, and be treated as sexual objects and now, it sounds like sex-slaves. If you are unable to walk away at will, where a person can continually harass, and abuse you; even after they have raped you it sounds like sex slavery to me. 

Kesha should know that she isn’t alone. That what she did was brave as hell in court today. As a survivor of something as traumatic as rape, intimidation, and abuse her standing up for herself was an act of bravery. Survivors everywhere are standing with her. Stand strong Kesha, you are bringing awareness, who knows how many women and men for that matter have had to suffer this type of abuse just to sing. The type of abuse where the big bad music industry supports and defends rape culture. 

Ref: New York Daily News