Kesha’s music is contributing to a shift in the narrative around sexual assault, and breaks down the stigma and terrible myths about survivors.
By Roslyn Talusan
[TW- mentions of sexual assault, eating disorders and PTSD]
Last week, Kesha finally announced to the world that her much-anticipated third studio album, "Rainbow", would be released this summer. This is her first album since she released "Warrior" in November 2012, and her first artistic work since the start of her ongoing legal battle with her producer and alleged abuser, Dr. Luke (a.k.a. Lukasz Gottwald).
To recap, Kesha began treatment for an eating disorder in January 2014, and in the following October, filed a lawsuit against Gottwald alleging physical, verbal, emotional, and sexual abuse. Gottwald counter-sued for defamation (where’s the eye-roll emoji), arguing that Kesha was fabricating her case simply to escape her contract.
One of the most common reactions to a survivor coming forward about their sexual abuse is to accuse them of doing it for money, attention, revenge, or some combination of all three. Victim-blamers paint survivors as hateful, manipulative, lying demons, while their abusers are pitied and treated with compassion, innocent until proven guilty. This misogynistic stereotype is rooted in how society often frames femmes as irrational and spiteful
, and those stereotypes are one of the many things perpetuating the rape culture that we live in.