Since original Runaways bassist Jackie Fox, otherwise known as Jackie Fuchs, revealed that she was drugged and raped by manager Kim Fowley, her former bandmates have released statements on the matter. Though Fuchs claimed multiple people were present during the incident, Joan Jett denied she “was not aware of the situation.” Cherie Currie, meanwhile, admitted to being present, but said “neither party seemed to want to stop” the act, essentially denying that Fuchs was forcibly raped.
Now, in a lengthy post on her Facebook page, Fuchs has responded to Jett and Currie’s remarks.
Fuchs explains how the writer of the original Huffington Post piece, Jason Cherkis, and his fact checker “handled the questioning with great sensitivity.” Apparently, they talked “to every known living person who was there the night of my rape, save one.” She also mentions the responses she’s received since the story broke, of which most has been positive. In particular, she quotes one specific letter: “One person wrote that I had given her a gift: ‘the ability to see that the people in the room were victims too. Their behavior didn’t mean I deserved [the abuse]. It just meant they were afraid and didn’t know what to do.'”
“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 continues. “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. It took exceptional courage for many of the witnesses to talk frankly about how they felt. Most have apologized to me for their inaction that night — apologies that have been unnecessary, though welcome.”
She then stresses that those indirectly affected, like her eventual replacement in the band, Victory Tischler-Blue, were also impacted by “the way the band treated me after I left (treatment I was mercifully unaware of at the time). All I can say about what was said and done is that my bandmates were children who’d witnessed something criminal and tragic. I’ve no doubt they were dealing with it as best they were able. They had no responsible adults to guide them – only a rapist and his apologists.”
At the end of the post, she more pointedly addresses the denials by Jett and Currie. Read that selected excerpt below, followed by the complete original post.
“If I am disappointed in one thing, it is that the story has become about who knew what when and who did or didn’t do what. That isn’t the story at all. It would be nice if everyone who was there the night I was raped could talk about how it has affected them over the years. But if they don’t want to talk it about, 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.
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. 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.” All of us have been passive bystanders at some point in our lives.
If we have any hope at all of putting an end to incidents like these, we need to stop doubting the accusers and start holding rapists, abusers and bullies accountable. What we don’t need to do is point fingers at those who weren’t to blame for their actions.”