How Jesse Lacey fails to recognise the seriousness of his sexual misconduct allegations
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"In an effort to address recent events and the public conversation" American rock band Brand New released a statement on behalf of frontman Jesse Lacey concerning recent accusations of sexual misconduct. However, the statement fails to address the seriousness of the allegations, each concerning children. Allegations of sexual misconduct are not new on the music scene and seem to be particularly rampant within band culture. Only a few days ago, Nothing But Thieves were forced to deny accusations of sexual assault, and, most famously, in 2013, Lostprophet’s Ian Watkins was jailed for 35 years for 13 child sex offences. Jesse Lacey’s statement, posted on Brand New’s public Facebook page, is a sore attempt to find forgiveness rather than publicly admit the severity of his crimes against minors. Jesse Lacey apologises for what he calls "actions of [his] past", promising to prove that he has changed his behaviour. Drawing a firm divide between his past actions and his present self, Lacey seems to expect his large fanbase to forgive him with open arms as a changed person. As for revealing his struggle with sex addiction and cheating as unhealthy coping mechanisms, for which he claims he received professional treatment including group therapy and individual counselling, we seem to be expected to merely accept his reasoning for sexual assault and put it to the back of the shelf. An apology and confession which would otherwise give some relief to victims and fans fails to recognise the severity of the sexual misconduct allegations, instead directing the focus onto his own psychological issues and ignoring the enormity of his actions.
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