The Runaways' Jackie Fuchs on what her sexual assault taught her about bystanders

Jackie Fuchs will be speaking at this year's MOSAIC conference on gender at Carnegie Mellon University on what stops bystanders from intervening.
The Runaways during a photo session at a London airport in 1976. From left to right: lead singer Cherie Currie, rhythm guitarist Joan Jett, lead guitarist Lita Ford, drummer Sandy West, bassist Jackie Fox (Fuchs). (Ronnie Fuchs)

Jackie Fuchs, former bassist with The Runaways, joins Shad to talk about what her life has been like since coming forward with allegations that the band's late manager, Kim Fowley, sexually assaulted her in 1975. 

Jackie's story was published in the Huffington Post last summer. And one of the things that made her account especially troubling was that she says the assault happened at a party, in front of several bystanders. 

"I looked up and I saw a roomful of eyes. And I wondered why, since they outnumbered him so completely, they didn't do anything to stop it."  

Jackie says she's coped by researching the psychological barriers that stop bystanders from intervening.

She'll be speaking on that topic, and sexual assault in the entertainment industry, at the MOSAIC conference on gender at Carnegie Mellon University on April 9. 


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