Song to raise aware­ness about do­mes­tic abuse

Loughborough Echo - - FRONT PAGE - By Megan Cox megan.cox@trin­i­tymir­

MISS Lough­bor­ough and a rap­per from the town have teamed up to cre­ate a song and mu­sic video to raise aware­ness of do­mes­tic abuse.

Kellyann Mitchell, Miss Lough­bor­ough Galaxy 2016/17, and mu­si­cian Lacky C are hop­ing their cre­ative project will help tackle the is­sue they both have en­coun­tered.

The mother-of-four told the Echo she ap­proached the rap­per with the idea as he has made a num­ber of aware­ness tracks and she felt telling her story could help oth­ers.

Kellyann said: “I have ex­pe­ri­enced do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and I’m ac­tu­ally bas­ing the video on that.

“I was be­ing phys­i­cally and men­tally abused and I had two young chil­dren at the time.

“Be­cause I was not with their dad, I was des­per­ate to be loved and I didn’t know how I was go­ing to man­age on my own.

“I wanted to do this as I think sin­gle par­ents put up with bad peo­ple be­cause they feel like no one is go­ing to want them be­cause they feel like they’re not go­ing to get any bet­ter and don’t feel like any­one will want them be­cause they have chil­dren. And that’s just not true.”

Kellyann told the Echo she is writ­ing the screen­play for the mu­sic video which will fol­low some­one as they es­cape an abuse sit­u­a­tion and it will go “hand in hand” with Lacky C’s rap track.

She told the Echo the pair aim to have ev­ery­thing ready to be re­leased dur­ing Do­mes­tic Abuse Aware­ness Week in Novem­ber and the end goal is to sell the song and have pro­ceeds go to fam­i­lies that have been af­fected by do­mes­tic abuse.”

Speak­ing with the Echo, Lacky C said: “I have made a few aware­ness rap songs and have done one on bul­ly­ing and men­tal health.”

Peo­ple close to him have suf­fered do­mes­tic vi­o­lence cases, so he wanted to high­light the is­sue.

He con­tin­ued: “I want to use rap in a pos­i­tive way be­cause so many neg­a­tive stig­mas come from the genre.

“Mu­sic has the power to in­flu­ence peo­ple. It’s a pow­er­ful tool.”

Pic­tured, from left to right, are Kellyann Mitchell and Lacky C. Lacky said: “Mu­sic does have the power to in­flu­ence peo­ple’s minds. It is a very pow­er­ful tool.”

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