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    Thu, 25 Feb 2016 11:30:49

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    "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." said Kesha in a new statement she issued in response to the growing network of fans and peers that have shown her support in the last week.

    Last friday, a judge denied Kesha's request for a preliminary injunction that would allow her to record music outside of her contract terms with Dr. Luke's Sony label, Kemosabe Records. Since then, there's been a growing number of musicians who've publicly sided with Kesha, including Taylor Swift, Lorde, Adele, Lady Gaga, and Kelly Clarkson.

    In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Kesha expressed her gratitude for the support she's received and acknowledged that "the issue is bigger than just about me." In her statement, Kesha clarifies her position in the case and recognizes the larger problem is one of a culture that makes it difficult for victims of sexual abuse to speak out:

      "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."

    She also speaks directly to victims of abuse and implores them to not be afraid and to speak out:

      "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."

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