Candy Hearts‘ Mariel Loveland has come forward and spoken about the abuse she says she suffered at the hands of her (and Seaway‘s) tour manager last year.
“I’m sick of keeping this inside. Sick of acting like I’m ok. Sick of letting boys be boys. So screw it,” she starts on Twitter before linking to her blog. As well as describing the details of the physical abuse, she talks about the aftermath.
“I haven’t spoken up earlier because I’m afraid – I’m afraid I won’t be able to tour in our scene, that no other band full of guys will want to take me out because they view me as a fussy, reckless person who’s more of a problem then she’s worth. Im afraid of everyone having my abuser’s back and not mine, which time has only proved is true. I feel very in it on my own, you know? I just want to tour and I just want to make records.
“You don’t think it could happen to you or someone you know by someone you call a friend. You always think it’d be a stranger trying to steal your purse in the street or a drunk guy at a bar who’s looking to start trouble. Not someone you trust.
“Tell me, why does no one stand up for the girls in our scene and make it almost impossible to stand up for ourselves? I’m not saying he should be fired from his job or that I want his life ruined. I’m saying he needs to be held accountable. He needs to seek help and know how he affected people. In an industry where we don’t have HR, we’re responsible for keeping it safe.”