Rape vic­tim aims to make a dif­fer­ence

Mu­si­cian and ac­tress re­leases EP to raise money for sex­ual as­sault char­i­ties

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

A mu­si­cian who was raped hopes to help other vic­tims through a new EP which will raise money for sex­ual as­sault char­i­ties.

Em Hoggett, who lived in Sut­ton be­fore mov­ing to New York when she was 18, is re­leas­ing four tracks after team­ing up with a Grammy-nom­i­nated pro­ducer.

The 20-year-old who now lives and per­forms in LA has waived her right to anonymity to try and bring com­fort to other peo­ple who have suf­fered.

And she hopes by en­cour­ag­ing more rape vic­tims to come for­ward it will pre­vent per­pe­tra­tors think­ing they can get away with it. She said: “I re­ally want to help sur­vivors feel less alone. Mu­sic, I be­lieve,is some­thing that con­nects us all as hu­man be­ings.

“There’s songs for ev­ery emo­tion, but there’s al­most noth­ing out there on sex­ual as­sault and that’s a huge prob­lem. If I had been lis­ten­ing to songs about what I was feel­ing played on the ra­dio I would have felt so much less afraid to speak out sooner.”

Em was 16 and in Lon­don when she was raped. The or­deal was eat­ing her up in­side, so two years later she wrote the song What I Want To Say To You after be­ing en­cour­aged by her mum to put her feel­ings on paper.

The song’s re­lease prompted a huge re­sponse with many peo­ple com­ment­ing on the brav­ery of the per­sonal lyrics.

After writ­ing three more songs the cat­a­lyst for the EP came when Em was in­tro­duced to top mu­sic pro­ducer Bruce Witkin who agreed to record it for free, sav­ing Em thou­sands of pounds.

The meet­ing came not long after ar­ti­cles be­gan be­ing writ­ten about Har­vey We­in­stein which Em, who is also an ac­tress, ad­mit­ted “brought a lot of things back to me.”

The EP called What I Want To Say To You is set to be re­leased in late April or early May and can be down­loaded from iTunes, Spo­tify and else­where. All pro­ceeds will go to sex­ual as­sault char­i­ties.

A social media cam­paign and web­site with the same name also launched this week with Em hop­ing it will en­cour­age vic­tims to speak out, with money be­ing raised for charity at the same time. She added: “I have never be­lieved in any­thing more than this project. I be­lieve this is an op­por­tu­nity to help change the world.

“Our goal is to hope­fully raise mil­lions of dol­lars in sales, in­crease aware­ness and, most im­por­tantly, make a huge im­pact on the lives of sur­vivors.” For more on the cam­paign, visit: www.whati­want­tosay­toyou.com.

Em Hoggett per­form­ing one of her songs

Em Hoggett sec­ond from left at the Women and In­clu­sion Panel at FilmCon Hol­ly­wood

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