Ex-Crystal Castle Alice Glass Opens Up About Surviving Domestic Abuse

Written by Nastassia Baroni on 20th July, 2015

Ex-Crystal Castle Alice Glass Opens Up About Surviving Domestic Abuse

Alice Glass may have left Crystal Castles amidst a war of words with former bandmate Ethan Kath, but now she’s back with a different, more powerful message with her new solo track Stillbirth.

The raw and trashing song was written by Glass and Jupiter Keyes from noise rock band HEALTH, in their basement, and was released alongside a stirring statement by Glass where she details her past experience in an abusive relationship.

The song was released without a label and proceeds from all digital sales will go towards helping survivors of domestic abuse.

“Years ago I began the process of trying to remove myself from an abusive relationship that started when I was a teenager,” writes Glass.

“Over the course of that relationship I was systematically cut off from anyone and everyone that I could truly be close to. I was talked down to, yelled at, locked into rooms and criticized daily about my abilities, my weight, my looks, my intelligence and almost every move I made.”

Glass says when she attempted to end the relationship, she was threatened, then told she was loved and “the cycle would begin again.” She says she wants people to know that even despite her “fearless” public persona, this kind of abusive relationship can exist “where it might be least expected.”

“I speak out now hoping that I can encourage other young women and young men to affirm their value within their relationships or get out,” she adds. “Abuse isn’t always obvious and it doesn’t have to involve black eyes, blood and broken bones. Emotional and psychological abuse can be just as damaging, and it is extremely difficult to remove yourself from.”

Stillbirth is now available on iTunes and all proceeds from the track will go to organisations, like the non-profit RAINN, that help survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, and incest. Glass says there is a “sister song” to Stillbirth that she hopes to release soon.

Listen to the track, and read Glass’ full statement, below.

Listen: Alice Glass – Stillbirth

Alice Glass’ Statement

Years ago I began the process of trying to remove myself from an abusive relationship that started when I was a teenager. Over the course of that relationship I was systematically cut off from anyone and everyone that I could truly be close to. I was talked down to, yelled at, locked into rooms and criticized daily about my abilities, my weight, my looks, my intelligence and almost every move I made. When I couldn’t take it anymore and I wanted to end the relationship I was threatened, then I was told I was loved, and the cycle would begin again.

I want young women and young men to understand that this kind of treatment of others can happen where it might be least expected. Even in environments that thrive on creativity and open-mindedness, that advocate artistic and counter-culture ideals. Sometimes people will use these things to camouflage themselves so that their abuse might go unnoticed. So that you wouldn’t think to consider it could be happening right in front of you.

The clarity I’ve gained since getting out of that situation has opened up my life in a way that I didn’t imagine was possible. Although some of the pain and anger still lingers, my life finally feels as though it has value and meaning. I speak out now hoping that I can encourage other young women and young men to affirm their value within their relationships or get out. Abuse isn’t always obvious and it doesn’t have to involve black eyes, blood and broken bones. Emotional and psychological abuse can be just as damaging, and it is extremely difficult to remove yourself from.

Those that have known me throughout my career might be surprised that someone who publicly gave the impression of being fearless and seemed as though they didn’t take s**t from anyone could find themselves being severely mistreated and manipulated by someone they were close to. This person nearly stripped me of myself. And for years I felt as though they were waiting for my life to end.

Stillbirth was written by myself and Jupiter Keyes in our basement. There is no label involved. It will be available through iTunes, Spotify, etc. beginning July 18. All proceeds for digital purchases of this song will benefit organizations (like the nonprofit RAINN) that help survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and incest. You can donate directly to them at https://donate.rainn.org or via the link on my website at http://www.alice-glass.com/

There is a sister song to Stillbirth that I hope to release soon, she is a lullaby and she can’t wait to meet you

If you or a child are in immediate danger, call 000.

Anyone experiencing domestic and family violence can get help by calling 1800 RESPECT, 1800 737 732.

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