Song number one…
I know about violence against women and anyone else perceived as vulnerable. The scale of it though still shocks me. In the last couple of years – the stories of institutionalised systemic violence against women, and anyone perceived as vulnerable in the Church, legal profession, the film and music industries, medicine and now the government appals but still surprises me.
It’s hard to believe. So I wrote a song about it. Inspired by Billy Eilish’s Bad Guy, I started a song I called, Bad Guys Hunt and then working with Keefe – we scaled it back to something more focussed. I’ve listened to Ronan Farrow’s podcast about Harvey Weinstein, read the testimonies of victims in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse, watched the Jeffrey Epstein and Team USA documentaries on Netflix – read Cardinal by Louise Milligan about the Victorian Catholic Church and The Altar Boys by Suzanne Smith and in the end I was just so angry and fed up.
I went to a convent and I loved it. I am so grateful for all the women who taught us to be kind and empathetic. At the same time, so many men, in power in the Church used access to children, to ruin the very communities and individuals they were supposed to honour and serve.
Enough is enough!