Justin Sane’s former Anti-Flag bandmates have shared a press release after extra girls got here ahead accusing Sane of sexual assault this week.
Allegations in opposition to Sane had first surfaced in July when a girl claimed on a podcast than she had been raped by a punk singer, who initially wasn’t named. Anti-Flag subsequently disbanded, however Sane later launched a press release during which he referred to as the allegations “categorically false”.
His former bandmates launched a separate assertion relating to the cut up and allegations that learn: “A core tenet of the band Anti-Flag is to take heed to and imagine all survivors of sexual violence and abuse. The current allegations about Justin are in direct contradiction to that tenet. Due to this fact, we felt the one rapid possibility was to disband.”
Now, after twelve extra girls got here ahead in a brand new report by Rolling Stone this week to allege abuse by Sane, the opposite band members – Pat Thetic, Chris Barker (aka ‘Chris 2’) and Chris Head – have shared a press release by e mail, partly directed at their former bandmate.
“In mild of the current article in Rolling Stone journal, to Kristina, Jenn, Molly, Rebecca, Suzanne, Mat, Susie, Stefanie, Karina, Ella, Elizabeth, Hannah, and Tali, we wish to say thanks on your braveness in sharing the ache you may have skilled,” they wrote. “And, to others who might but come ahead, whilst you don’t owe anybody your story, please know that you’re not alone and that we imagine you.”
Addressing Sane, they added: “To Justin, we imagine you’re very sick and in want of significant skilled assist. We wish to have compassion and place confidence in restorative justice, however fuck you for hurting so many individuals, not simply those who’ve bravely come ahead, however anybody nonetheless carrying their ache internally.
“Fuck you for exploiting the work of the band and the many individuals related to it for therefore lengthy. As many predators do, it seems you used our beliefs as a canopy for egregious actions that you just clearly knew we’d by no means condone.”
Justin Sane. Credit score: Stephen J Cohen/Getty
The band’s assertion added: “To everybody, we collectively and individually nonetheless have way more questions than solutions on this second. Now we have been studying of and processing all of this info in real-time. We trusted Justin drastically and at the moment are studying that we had been deceived, lied to, and stored at nighttime for the whole lot of our affiliation.
“As extra particulars have been shared for the reason that launch of the podcast, we have now been ready for Justin to do the suitable factor. Given his lack of contrition in any significant means, it is rather clear that he’s completely not the particular person we had been led to imagine him to be.”
The Rolling Stone report revealed the accounts of quite a few different girls accusing Sane of sexual assault in incidents that date from the ’90s to as lately as 2020. Their accounts comply with the same sample – Sane would allegedly make eye contact with them whereas performing after which strategy them after the present. Many of those girls declare they had been a lot youthful than Sane when these incidents occurred, and the piece additionally accuses Sane having intercourse with youngsters. One in every of these incidents allegedly concerned a 12-year-old (although Sane was a teen on the time).
A number of the girls allege that their encounters with Sane had been violent and non-consensual. One in every of them is claimed to have reported an incident to the police, claiming Sane had handcuffed and assaulted her, within the UK in 2020. The girl concerned mentioned police had determined to not prosecute.
In a press release to Rolling Stone, the opposite Anti-Flag members mentioned: “We trusted everybody related to the band to keep up a secure and respectful setting. The understanding that abusers will be anyplace additional reinforces the significance of survivors talking out and sharing their tales.… Additional, we really feel strongly that every one predators should atone for his or her inappropriate actions and be held accountable.”
Sane didn’t reply to requests for remark.
For assist, recommendation or extra info relating to sexual harassment, assault and rape within the UK, go to the Rape Disaster charity web site. Within the US, go to RAINN