Wednesday was a big day for Kesha, and there wasn’t a judge in sight.
Late Wednesday afternoon, the singer took the time to address her fans, which have been driving the #FreeKesha campaign on social media and continuing the discussion on various factors within the music industry that led to, or, some might argue, enable a situation where a woman is legally obligated to continue working with someone she’s accused of assaulting her.
In addition to announcing a rally in front of Sony’s headquarters in New York City on Friday, Kesha took to Facebook to thank fans for their ongoing support during this difficult time.
Saying she’s “beyond humbled and thankful” for the demonstrations she’s seen since last Friday, she thanks the other performers who “knowingly put their own careers at stake” by supporting her.
“All I ever wanted was to be able to make music without being afraid, scared or abused,” she says. “This case has never been about a renegotiation of my record contract—it was never about getting a bigger, or a better deal. This is about being free from my abuser. I would be willing to work with Sony if they do the right thing and break all ties that bind me to my abuser.”
But the case is about more than just one woman’s struggle, she adds.
“I think about young girls today—I don’t want my future daughter-or your daughter-or any person to be afraid that they will be punished if they speak out about being abused, especially if their abuser is in a position of power,” Kesha writes. “Unfortunately I don’t think that my case is giving people who have been abused confidence that they can speak out, and that’s a problem.”
She encourages people who have been abused to speak out, despite her situation, promising that there are places where victims can be believed and made to feel safe. “I for one will stand beside you and behind you. I know now how this all feels and will forever fight for you the way perfect strangers have been fighting for me.”
Also on Wednesday, Kesha found another of her famous friends standing in her corner. While accepting the Brit award for Best Solo Female Artist, Adele–also under contract with Sony, but on Columbia’s label— said she wanted to “take this moment to publicly support Kesha.”