Joanie Faircloth issued a full retraction of her earlier statement that she’d been sexually assaulted by Conor Oberst a decade ago after a Bright Eyes show.
This is why you don’t lie about rape. Say what you want about his music, this man has been crucified publicly for something he never did and even now as the accuser recants and admits it was all a lie he will STILL be maligned because he is a male in our rape culture and the power dynamic of successful musician with adoring fan made the story believable.
Three of my male friends in the last year have had accusations of sexual misconduct up to and including rape;. two of them publicly online to an audience without any evidence or follow up and one directly to his face in the form of an “I’m going to tell the police you raped me,” threat.
Using rape as a weapon undermines the people who are recovering from the severe trauma of sexual assault, many of which have NEVER TOLD ANYONE OR REPORTED IT TO THE POLICE because our society teaches them it was probably their fault for, y’know, having a vagina in public.
This. Has. To. Stop.
Something I wrote for the band’s blog; I usually try to keep the content on our website related to our shows and events but this was too important not to post there.