Read The Powerful, Uncompromising Letter 130 Sexual Assault Survivors Just Wrote For Kesha

"No rapist should be rewarded for his crime, yet ..."

A Manhattan judge's controversial decision not to release Kesha from her contract with producer (and her alleged rapist and abuser) Dr. Luke faced a national backlash. Many called for justice for the singer. Last week, there were reports that Sony, which owns Dr. Luke's label, was going to drop the producer in response to public pressure, but no action has been taken yet. Now, in an effort organized by national women's advocacy group UltraViolet, 130 sexual assault survivors wrote Sony a letter urging the label not to renew Dr. Luke's contract, arguing that no survivor should be forced to work with their abuser.

"The very public and drawn-out legal battle between Sony Music and pop star and survivor, Kesha, has done nothing but demonstrate that Sony Music, under your leadership, values profit over stopping sexual assault and keeping vulnerable artists safe," the letter addressed to Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris read. "No survivor should be forced to relive her trauma, yet Sony Music is legally requiring Kesha to work with her abuser. No rapist should be rewarded for his crime, yet Sony Music keeps Dr. Luke on its payroll."

Ultraviolet also created an online petition signed by more than 31,500 members urging Morris to drop Dr. Luke. 

The outcry has seen Kesha's legion of fans and fellow women in the music industry voice their support for and solidarity with the singer. Protests have been held outside Sony's headquarters in New York to petition for Dr. Luke's removal.

Read the full letter here:

Dear Mr. Morris, 

We, as survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence--and their loved ones--write to ask you to take a stand against sexual assault and not renew Sony Music Entertainment's contract with accused rapist, Dr. Luke.

The very public and drawn-out legal battle between Sony Music and pop star and survivor, Kesha, has done nothing but demonstrate that Sony Music, under your leadership, values profit over stopping sexual assault and keeping vulnerable artists safe.

By continuing to work with Dr. Luke and forcing Kesha to either work with him or effectively end her career, you demonstrate to the world that the lives of countless people — 1 in 4 women just on college campuses alone, in fact — who have been and will be sexually assaulted don't matter. No survivor should be forced to relive her trauma, yet Sony Music is legally requiring Kesha to work with her abuser. No rapist should be rewarded for his crime, yet Sony Music keeps Dr. Luke on its payroll.

None of us can afford this very public and tacit approval of sexual assault. Your association with Dr. Luke sends the message that sexual assault is a crime of no consequence, effectively encouraging this criminal epidemic. By keeping Dr. Luke and prioritizing his needs over Kesha's, you and Sony Music are saying you stand with rapists, not survivors.

For the sake of people who are or may be affected by perpetrators of violence, please free Kesha from contractual obligations to work with Dr. Luke and Kemosabe Records and end your contract with Dr. Luke.

Signed,

Domestic violence survivors, sexual assault survivors, and their family and friends.

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