Lady Gaga asked her fans to stop blaming the victims of sexual assault cases.
Singer Lady Gaga continued to voice her support for fellow artist Kesha on Thursday — and told her fans it’s time to stop automatically blaming the victims in sexual assault cases.
The 29-year-old Gaga penned a profound Instagram essay about sexual abuse in her latest show of solidarity with Kesha — who is vigorously trying to terminate her recording contract with Sony because she claims she was drugged and raped by the label’s top producer, Dr. Luke, a decade ago.
“The very reason women don’t speak up for years is the fear no one will believe them,” Gaga wrote. “Or (because) their abuser has threatened their life or the life or their loved ones/livelihood in order to keep their victim quiet or under control.”
Kesha is currently trying to nullify her contract with Sony because she claims the label’s top producer, Dr. Luke, sexually assaulted her a decade ago.
Lady Gaga, who is a survivor of sexual assault herself, then urged her followers to stop questioning the credibility of Kesha’s allegations. She puncuated her powerful essay with the hashtag #StopVictimBlaming.
“No one needs to validate Kesha,” she wrote. “Why is the victim always the ‘liar?’ Why do we let people in a position of power get away with behaving inhumanely?”
The lengthy post comes a day after Lady Gaga shared an Instagram photo of herself with Kesha — who was moved to tears last Friday after a Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled she couldn’t nullify the remainder of her contract.
Sony has offered to let the pop star work with a different producer for the remainder of her deal, but she said she’s worried the company wouldn’t promote her music as heavily if she collaborated with someone other than Dr. Luke, whose real name is Luke Gottwald.
Gottwald, who has never been charged criminally, has vehemently denied Kesha’s rape claim.
Lady Gaga penned a powerful essay regarding Kesha’s case on Instagram on Thursday.
Lady Gaga is one of many celebrities who have offered their public support to Kesha — Adele, Reese Witherspoon, Demi Lovato, Anne Hathaway, Lena Dunham and Lorde have all stood behind the singer as well.
Taylor Swift, meanwhile, donated $ 250,000 to Kesha to help her out with “any of her financial needs during this trying time,” her rep said.
And California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsome backed the “We R Who We R” singer and commended her for speaking up on Wednesday with a Twitter post that was later screen-shotted and re-shared by Lady Gaga.
“Kesha — it may not feel like it now, but you have given strength to many who have been afraid to speak up,” he wrote. “What you are facing is unconscionable and unacceptable and it’s sadly what many women face in our culture.”
Other members of the general public also plan to support Kesha by rallying outside of Manhattan’s Sony headquarters on Friday.
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Source: New York Daily News