Hammond Artist Emiko has released a new music video today giving voice to survivors of sexual assault. Called “I Believe You”,
the video accompanies the launch of the “I Believe You Project” which brings together
everyday survivors of sexual abuse, assault, harassment, and misconduct to tell their stories
and be heard.
In the wake of all the incidences of sexual abuse, assault, harassment, and misconduct
coming to light via Hollywood, both “I Believe You” the video and the project aim not only to
raise awareness of these issues, but to ultimately stop them from happening.
The 24 people who appear in the “I Believe You” video are themselves survivors and/or
supporters of survivors and were gathered in one week, all volunteering their time and
energy to speak out through this medium. Emiko and the I Believe You Project are currently
in talks to partner with domestic violence organizations to create a platform from which
survivors can share their stories and experience belief, support, and find resources.
Of the song and the whole project, Emiko remarks, “I wrote this song as a catharsis, really –
back in July. Through my own experience surviving sexual assault and fighting for my voice
to be heard, I found that countless women, children – and yes, some men – were disbelieved
on a tremendous proportion. I was stunned. Coming forward with information of this nature
takes a tremendous amount of courage, especially after going through it; to be disbelieved is
like being kicked when you’re already down. I was just overwhelmed to learn how many
people go through this on a daily basis. It’s way too common and I want to break the stigma,
the shame, and the fear of surviving sexual assault and it seemed to me the first step was to
actually believe people who came forward and it was clear many other survivors feel the
same way. So bottom line is this: just because someone doesn’t believe you, doesn’t mean it
You can watch the video HERE:https://youtu.be/FRYhVvvHhdg