Last week, an open letter "to the Australian music industry" (dubbed #meNOmore) was published, detailing the widespread experiences of sexual harassment, assault and violence experienced by women in the industry. It contains appalling stories, from everyday acts of denigration and boundary-crossing, to sexual assaults kept quiet with threats to the victims' careers. It is far from the only industry to experience these issues, but is there something unique to the music scene that allows this behaviour to flourish?
"With all of the recent developments and scandals, we often go straight to the consequences for the individual perpetrator, which is obviously important," Elspeth Scrine, a musician and co-ordinator of Listen -- a feminist organisation that organises events to showcase and support marginalised artists -- told Crikey. "But we don't often enough look to the structural elements."