Former bassist of the Runaways, Jackie Fuchs (also known as Jackie Fox), alleged in an article published last week on the Huffington Post that the band’s manager, Kim Fowley, raped her in front of bandmates and party-goers back in 1975.
Fuchs has now released a lengthy statement on Facebook, standing by her allegations, even though former bandmates Joan Jett and Cherie Currie denied that they watched the event unfold. She commended HuffPost’s fact checking and discussed the access she and her family gave reporter Jason Cherkis. “He spoke to every known living person who was there the night of my rape, save one,” she wrote.
“I know some people watching the online drama unfold have been discouraged by the lack of support I’ve received from my former bandmates. To which I can only say that I hope you never have to walk in their shoes. My rape was traumatic for everyone, not just me, and everyone deals with trauma in their own way and time. It took exceptional courage for many of the witnesses to talk frankly about how they felt. Most have apologized to me for their inaction that night — apologies that have been unnecessary, though welcome.”
Jett had denied to HuffPost that she had ever witnessed the attack, and after the article was published she released a statement to Yahoo!: “Anyone who truly knows me understands that if I was aware of a friend or bandmate being violated, I would not stand by while it happened.”
Currie also released a statement, saying that she was “accused of a crime” and denied that she was in the room while Fowley allegedly raped Fuchs. “I will not allow anyone to throw me under the bus and accuse me of such a foul act. I will fight for myself. It is the only thing I can do.
Fuchs was 16 years old at the time of the alleged rape and her bandmates were also all teenagers. She wrote on Facebook, “All I can say about what was said and done is that my bandmates were children who’d witnessed something criminal and tragic. I’ve no doubt they were dealing with it as best they were able. They had no responsible adults to guide them — only a rapist and his apologists.”
Fuchs also spoke about the bystander effect and how watching her rape may have affected others, including her bandmates. “I only wish that if my bandmates can’t remember what happened that night — or if they just remember it differently — they would stick simply to saying that. By asserting that if they’d witnessed my rape, they’d have done something about it, they perpetuate the very myth I was trying to dispel when I decided to tell my story. Being a passive bystander is not a ‘crime.’ All of us have been passive bystanders at some point in our lives.”