Grammy nominated artist Jewel addresses the sexual harassment she had faced at the hands of men since she was 8 and admits that she had never compromised herself under any circumstances.
The young Grammy nominated, multiplatinum young artist addressed the issue of sexual harassment. She said that the music industry is a very male-dominated industry. She said that the topic of sexual harassment is such a taboo that people rarely discuss it. She said that she has faced the harassment first hand to know its reality.
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She revealed to THR in an interview that she was only 8 when the sexual harassment had begun for her. Men will come to her and hand her their number. They would say inappropriate things to her that she was initially too young and fragile to understand.
She endured this assault into her teens. She was mostly homeless in those times. She said that in those times, she survived by singing in bars and coffee houses across San Diego. The owners of the club expected her to sleep with them like it was natural. When she flat out refused, they fired her. She mostly lived in her car. She wasn’t able to pay rent.
Those conditions made businessmen proposition her constantly. She said they could sense her vulnerability like sharks. They came at her and it took her a lot of effort to say know. She said that she had seen women do a lot of things just to receive a compliment.
She was not going to do any of those things. She landed her first record deal with Atlantic Records when she was just 18. By then she had learned to say no. She said that she never slept her way up the ladder. She would rather walk away if things had ulterior motives rather than degrade herself.
She admitted that she had learned how to contain the situation. Keeping her energy to herself. She said that by being not so approachable and sending the message through that she was not interested had helped her a lot.
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She was now maintaining her energy inside herself and focusing it on better things. Jewel touches on these issues in her raw new memoir, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story, which will be released on Sept. 15.