The Chvrches singer says 'Women will not be shamed and silenced'
Alexandra Pollard

16:09 23rd April 2015

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Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry has taken a stand against the daily rape threats she receives online, saying, "Women will not be shamed and silenced and made to disappear."

Back in 2013, the musician wrote a viral comment piece for The Guardian on the misogyny, both explicit and subtle, that she has encountered during her time in the music industry.

In the article, she explained, "During this past tour, I am embarrassed to admit that I have had more than one prolonged toilet cry and a 'Come on, get a hold of yourself, you got this' conversation with myself in a bathroom mirror when particularly exasperated and tired out. But then, after all the sniffling had ceased, I asked myself: why should I cry about this? Why should I feel violated, uncomfortable and demeaned? Why should we all keep quiet?"

However, nearly two years on, Mayberry is still facing violent rape threats on Chvrches' social media accounts. Yesterday, she posted one such reprehensible comment on her Instagram.

Keen to reiterate the sentiment of her Guardian article though, the singer captioned the screenshot with the following statement:

"My band is lucky enough to have some of the most awesome, supportive and respectful fans in the world and we are so excited to be in the studio making an album to share with them. Yet, on a daily basis, we still receive communications like this. These people never learn that violence against women is unacceptable. But they also never learn that women will not be shamed and silenced and made to disappear. I am not going anywhere. So bring it on, motherfuckers. Let's see who blinks first."

As well as her work with Chvrches, Lauren Mayberry is also the founder of TYCI, a feminist collective run by women, and regularly contributes to their podcasts and monthly radio show.

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