After being sexually assaulted at knifepoint when she was 21 years old, Tori Amos says it was through her music that she found the strength to heal and was then able to help other young women who had been in similar situations.
“I had written a song called ‘Me and a Gun’ that was about a brutal sexual assault, and people would be coming to the shows to hear that song, although it was a tough song for some people to listen to. People would start coming to the shows in 1991 and 1992 to talk to me about their stories.”
One night after a show in 1994, a victim of sexual assault approached Amos for help. She told Amos she was being “raped by her stepfather” every night and would again that night if she went back home. But because the young girl was only 16 years old, the singer was not able to whisk her away as she wished to.
“I was told by my legal people that if I [took her on my tour bus with me] I would be charged with kidnapping because we were crossing state lines that night,” Amos says about how she ultimately made the decision to join the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) that year. “As you can see, in that moment, I couldn’t do anything, and there weren’t a lot of options for her in 1994.”
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