Jackie Fuchs (The Runaways): "My rape was traumatic for everyone, not just me"

on Tue, 07/14/2015 - 11:59
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Jackie Fuchs, the former bass player for rock band Τhe Runaways, repeated her claim on Monday that her former bandmates had witnessed her being raped by their manager Kim Fowley in 1975, though guitarist Joan Jett and singer Cherie Currie have disputed those claims since they became public last week.

Fuchs, who used the stage name Jackie Fox, told the Huffington Post that Fowley had raped her in front of her bandmates on New Year's Eve in 1975 after she took quaaludes given to her by a stranger.

Jett and Currie said they had not witnessed the incident, despite Fuchs's claims that they had.

"I know some people watching the online drama unfold have been discouraged by the lack of support I've received from my former bandmates", Fuchs wrote in a Facebook post. "To which I can only say that I hope you never have to walk in their shoes. My rape was traumatic for everyone, not just me, and everyone deals with trauma in their own way and time."

Jett said on 10 July that she was "not aware of this incident". That same day, Currie said she had not seen the alleged rape either. "All I can say is if Joan, Sandy [West, the Runaways' drummer] and I saw an unconscious girl being brutally raped in front of us, we would have hit him over the head with a chair", she wrote on Facebook.

Fuchs said that she understood why people might not want to talk publicly about the incident.

"I only wish that if my bandmates can't remember what happened that night - or if they just remember it differently - they would stick simply to saying that", Fox said. "By asserting that if they'd witnessed my rape, they'd have done something about it, they perpetuate the very myth I was trying to dispel when I decided to tell my story."

"Being a passive bystander is not a 'crime"', she said. "All of us have been passive bystanders at some point in our lives."

Jett said in her statement that she has not spoken with Fox "in decades", and Currie said she would do whatever she could to prove that she had not witnessed the rape described by Fuchs.

"Ιt would be nice if everyone who was there the night I was raped could talk about how it has affected them over the years", Fuchs said. "But if they don't want to talk it about (sic), I respect that. It's taken me years to talk about it without shame. I can only imagine what it must have been like to have watched it happen."

Fuchs said that the reporter, Jason Cherkis, and a Huffington Post fact-checker had rigorously checked the facts of her account, especially after Rolling Stone published a cover story about campus rape at the University of Virginia that could not be corroborated, causing the magazine to issue a retraction and the school’s dean to pursue legal action against the magazine.

"Jason spoke to people I hadn't thought about in years - people who didn't like me, as well as those who did", Fuchs said. "He spoke to every known living person who was there the night of my rape, save one."

This was presumably a reference to Fowley, who died in January. He is credited with helping start the band, though he stopped working with them in 1977.

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