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I Believe Them (Solidarity Not Silence)

by Petrol Girls

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“How are we meant to protect ourselves?” I find myself internally screaming this question, which is the chorus lyric, on a pretty regular basis. On the one hand, the criminal justice system consistently fails and often further traumatises the minority of survivors who decide to report to the police. This system clearly does not protect the majority of survivors and I personally do not believe it holds any answers in dealing with gender based violence. Then on the other hand, when survivors and their allies try to protect one another by speaking out about abusive behaviour, they become vulnerable to libel/ defamation law. And in both criminal and libel cases, the burden of truth is placed on the survivor. Literally what does the law expect us to do?

There is, in practice, no legal aid available for the defence of a defamation case, which creates a dynamic whereby it is relatively easy for someone with money to silence those without. Money should not be a barrier to accessing justice.


Lyrics - I Believe Them

They think that they’ll wear us down
that we’ll shut up and cop out
we won’t cop out
they started too many fires
And now they’re trying to pretend
There’s no smoke

Nobodies know when no-one else believes
How many me too’s do you need to hear?

How are we meant to protect ourselves?

Seen these patterns too many times before
Freedom of speech for him but not for her
Gossip conspire meddle bitch
When women speak we’re met with disbelief
We need to be free to speak
To keep each other safe
When no-one else will
Who else will?

How are we meant to protect ourselves?

I believe them

I know how hard it can be to speak
I have felt the pain of disbelief

I believe them


released December 4, 2020
Bass - Ursula Reicher
Song written and recorded by Petrol Girls
Engineered by Zock & Joe (Petrol Girls)
Mixed and Mastered by Peter Miles


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Raging Feminist Post Hardcore from the UK and Austria.


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