Following the denial of an injunction that would have allowed Kesha to record music under others labels while her suit against Dr. Luke remains pending, Kesha received an outpouring of support from celebrities and normal, non-celebrity people. Taylor Swift donated money to Kesha (and set off a debate). Lena Dunham wrote a heartfelt essay. #FreeKesha became a trending hashtag.
Kesha first shared her gratitude on Instagram:
I am beyond words in gratitude. thank you is not enough but it is all I have. a million times over and forever thank you. the support I have received has left my face swollen from tears. I love you all so much. a statement too large for this format is coming....
She has since taken the time to write a longer message in which she not only gives thanks, but also urges assault victims to voice their sufferings.
I'm so, so beyond humbled and thankful for all of the support I've
received from everyone. Words cannot really express the emotions I've gone through reading and seeing how amazing everyone has been to me. I can’t believe that so many people all over the world took the time to show me support and love. Other entertainers who knowingly put their own careers at stake by supporting me, I will be forever grateful.
All I ever wanted was to be able to make music without being afraid, scared, or abused. This case has never been about a renegotiation of my record contract – it was never about getting a bigger, or a better deal. This is about being free from my abuser. I would be willing to work with Sony if they do the right thing and break all ties that bind me to my abuser.
But at this point, this issue is bigger than just about me.
I think about young girls today – I don’t want my future daughter – or your daughter – or any person to be afraid that they will be punished if they speak out about being abused, especially if their abuser is in a position of power.
Unfortunately I don’t think that my case is giving people who have
been abused confidence that they can speak out, and that’s a problem.
But I just want to say that if you have been abused, please don’t be afraid to speak out. There are places that will make you feel safe. There are people who will help you. I for one, will stand beside you and behind you. I know now how this all feels and will forever fight for you the way perfect strangers have been fighting for me.
Yes, I am very much a feminist, but more than that, I am a humanist. I believe in supporting my fellow human beings in being SAFE.
We're all in this together. You are not alone.
I love you and thank you.
Kesha may be glad to know that she is wrong about her case's impact. The comments on her Facebook post show that Kesha's unrelenting fight against Dr. Luke—who she alleges date raped and emotionally abused her—has aided others. "I was raped by a coworker last year and your courage has given me the strength to speak out and advocate for survivor rights," one Facebooker wrote. "You and all other people that have been abused physically, emotionally, and psychologically deserve justice," Lacy Flaherty commented. "You deserve to be heard and respected." From this vantage point, the #FreeKesha movement is only gaining momentum.