A warning to our listeners: This episode’s content discusses disturbing topics covering sexual harassment, abuse, and emotional trauma that could be triggering. Listener discretion is advised.
This episode covers the “darker side of punk rock.” In an attempt to rally for others who have been in similar situations, the Sisters relive personal stories where they experienced unwanted and inappropriate sexual advancements at shows. This provides a segue for our guest Kimberly Austin. Kim is a stage and production manager at the Yucca-North, previously known as the Greenroom, in Flagstaff, Arizona. She has worked with the likes of Bad Cop/ Bad Cop, TSOL, Agent Orange, Less Than Jake, Menzingers, Casualties, Murphy’s Law, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Guttermouth, Phobia, CJ Ramone, Dead Boys, and Venomous Pinks to name a few. Her professionalism and kindness when delivering support to musicians is not only known locally, but throughout the United States. After a shift of providing production for a concert, Kim was a victim of sexual assault by a globally well known musician. Even with photos of aftermath bruises and an eye witness, she feared the abuser, who is referred to in the episode by a pseudonym name Dale Nixon, would not be held accountable due to his legendary musical status. After a year of suffering in silence, she has made the brave decision to tell her story in hopes to bring more awareness to others who are secretly dealing with sexual abuse and trauma.
If you or someone you know has experienced or is currently suffering from sexual abuse, there are resources that can help. Contact 1- 800-656-HOPE to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area. Remember, you are not alone. Support is out there! Stay strong. The Sound Sisters stand with those who are suffering. We send love and light to survivors everywhere.