Jenny’s rights fight
AUSTRALIAN music legend
JENNY MORRIS says young men should be taught how to behave at rock gigs.
Morris’ comments follow revelations earlier this year that she was once sexually assaulted at a show. It also comes at a time when headline acts are calling out anti-social behaviour, especially against women, at events.
Morris (right), who is now chairwoman of Australasian Performing Rights Association, told Confidential: “We have to teach boys, from year dot, about the rights and safety of girls and women. Boys should be made aware that: (a) girls are the same as boys, just with different paraphernalia; (b) they are entitled to respect; and (c) we are not pieces of meat.
“All of those cliches are only cliches because they still happen. We’ve got to pip this behaviour at the post. Education will always be the most powerful tool.”
Morris attended the 2017 Screen Music Awards at the Melbourne Recital Centre earlier this week.
She has been a tireless campaigner for both APRA and the life-changing work of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, her day job since her singing career was halted by the rare neurological condition, spasmodic dysphonia, which affects the voice.
Morris is a former member of The Crocodiles and sang backing vocals on INXS album, The Swing. Her solo hits include She Has to Be Loved and Break in the Weather. In 2010, she received the Medal of the Order of Australia.