HORRIFIC cases of sexual abuse, abduction, domestic violence and murder in the media have prompted a deeply personal debut single to be released by Bathurst singer Gabbi Bolt.
She is a familiar face on the music scene across the region and said her experience and some people’s presumptions about her and other women prompted the song’s lyrics.
She started penning Girl’s Eyes back in February, but it was after Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon, 22, was raped and murdered while walking home from a gig in June that Ms Bolt felt compelled to keep writing.
As a musician and singer, Ms Bolt, 22, often finishes her gigs late at night and on many occasions has walked home by herself.
“It shouldn’t be a question of why we’re walking or where we’re walking,” she said.
Ms Bolt said some of the lyrics are from personal experience, while others are directed at society.
“It’s directed at the construct, people who believe in the construct of how women are supposed to behave,” she said.
So keen is Ms Bolt to make a difference for women and children, that all proceeds from the single will be shared between the Bathurst Women and Children’s Refuge and Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia.
It’s a big thing, it’s a big issue. Bigger than we think.Singer Gabbi Bolt
In the lead-up to filming she put a call out on social media for women and girls to join in and be part of the action. More than 50 responded and came along.
“The saddest thing is it does resonate with a lot of women,” she said of the lyrics.
“It’s a big thing, it’s a big issue. Bigger than we think.”
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The song features a section where she sings and the 50-plus women and girls included in the video sing back.
If we just met [Gabbi]. (You can’t touch me) [women/girls]; Or if I’m upset (You can’t touch me); If you’re a friend of a friend (You can’t touch me); Or from way back when (You can’t touch me); If I’m wearing a skirt (You can’t touch me); Or wear makeup to work (You can’t touch me); If I show lots of skin (You can’t touch me).
Ms Bolt said when sexual assaults are reported in the media, often mention is made of what the woman was wearing.
“It shouldn’t matter what is on the outside or how I look or what someone looks like,” she said.
To download Girl’s Eyes, visit https://tinyurl.com/y88urccz.
Girl’s Eyes was filmed by Rusty Shutter Films who donated their time to ensure that the song raises as much money as possible.