Rapper Slowthai charged with rape
Tyron Frampton, aka Slowthai, has been charged with two counts of raping a woman in September 2021 and he will appear before Oxford Crown Court on 15 June 2023.
Slowthai was due to perform at a number of festivals this summer, but has been removed from the line-up at Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds festivals, following the charges.
I support the response of the festival organisers – it is important that we do not place those charged with serious and violent crimes on a pedestal to be idolised. It takes huge courage to speak out and report sexual assault, particularly to report someone who has power and influence like a musician, and I feel that the festivals’ actions demonstrate wider support for all victims who bravely come forward.
Slowthai is not the only musician in the news today in relation to criminal investigations for sexual assault.
Cassius Povey, who was jailed for 17 years in April 2022 for grooming and raping 9 teenage girls, aged between 14 and 19, has been sentenced for two further attacks. The courageous victim came forward following his convictions and he admitted two counts of rape, in relation to her dating back to May 2017 and June 2018.
Coming forward and speaking out against musicians can be very difficult, due to the way in which they are admired and sometimes even hero-worshipped. Victims are often afraid that they will not be believed and they may even think a sexual assault was their own fault, and suffer feelings of guilt and self-blame. There is a strength that can be found in knowing you are not alone, so sometimes all it takes is for one person to stand up for many more to feel able to say, “that happened to me too”.
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