Courtney Barnett, The Veronicas & More Sign Open Letter Standing Up to Sexual Harassment in Australia's Music Industry

Danny Clinch
Courtney Barnett

"In the face of uncountable discrimination, harassment, violence, and the general menace of sexist jargon, we have gritted our teeth and gotten on with the job. But today we say, no more."

Courtney Barnett, sisters Lisa and Jessica Origliasso of The Veronicas, folk band All Our Exes Live in Texas and hundreds of other women in Australia's music industry have signed an open letter standing up against sexual assault and gender bias. 

Centered around the hashtag #meNOmore, the letter includes anonymous stories of abuse and harassment, stating, "We all have our own stories, or know someone who does. We are not whingers or vibe-killers. We are passionate people dedicating our lives to music. In the face of uncountable discrimination, harassment, violence, and the general menace of sexist jargon, we have gritted our teeth and gotten on with the job. But today we say, no more."

It follows a similar open letter signed by 2,000 women in Sweden's music industry last month and nods to the #MeToo movement in Hollywood of recent months following the dozens of sexual assault claims made against film producer Harvey Weinstein.

The included anonymous stories run a spectrum, ranging from unfair treatment because of their gender to unsolicited texts to groping to having their heads pushed towards a colleague's crotch to being forced to perform sexual acts.  

"Together, we give a voice to these issues and demand zero tolerance for sexual harassment, violence, objectification and sexist behaviours. There is no place for sexual entitlement in the workplace and in our industry. Change starts today," the letter states. "We have listened to our friends. We have names of perpetrators. We know the same names that are repeated in unrelated circles. It saddens us that the people who hold us in fear and keep us silenced are people we work with, people who many of us have aspired to work under, and people who some of us have known as friends. These people need to be held accountable." 

Read the full letter here


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