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Jackie  Fox

Jackie Fox

Writer, Attorney, Speaker & Survivor


Jackie Fox is a writer, speaker and Harvard-educated attorney whose work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Boing Boing and Listverse, among others. She is perhaps best known as Jackie Fox, bass-player for the groundbreaking ‘70s all-female rock band, The Runaways. Read More >

In July 2014, Fox revealed to The Huffington Post that in 1975 she had had been raped by The Runaways manager in front of others, including most of her former bandmates.

The story, The Lost Girls, quickly went viral, being shared over 80,000 times across social media. It was the most-read piece on all of The Huffington Post during the week it was published. Secondary reporting of the piece appeared all over the world, in publications such as The Washington Post, The Guardian, Entertainment Weekly, Salon, Billboard, The Los Angeles Times, Yahoo! Music, Rockol Italy and Rolling Stone Mexico.

New York Magazine’s Vulture blog called Fox’s story one of 2015’s most powerful examples of feminism in music saying:

It felt like we were really hearing [women’s stories] for the first time, as if we were finally ready to start — yes, start —letting go of the apathy (or worse, vitriol) often shown for women who speak up.

Since publication of The Lost Girls, Fox has become an in-demand speaker and media guest on the subject of sexual assault and bystander intervention, appearing on shows such as Crime Time, NPR’s The Madeleine Brand Show, CBC’s Q, Huffington Post Live and The Insider. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

Queens of Silence: Passive Bystanders in the World of Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll

Jackie Fox shares how our hard-wired instincts can turn even the most well-intentioned of us into passive bystanders when we most want to — and think we ought to — act.

The Enormity of Conformity: When Being a "Team Player" Goes Awry

This speech by Jackie Fox explains how unconscious cognitive biases can lead to harassment and other negative outcomes. In addition, Fuchs looks into how we overcome these biases and take a more active leadership role.

It's None of My Business: The Hidden Costs of Looking the Other Way

The last thing most of us want to do when we see a wrongful act is to get involved. But by fostering an environment that rewards intervention, we can reduce both the personal and professional costs of bystander apathy.

Victim Blaming: Why We Do It & How We Can Stop

We are hard-wired to prefer feeling good to feeling bad. Blaming victims of sexual assault lets us feel better by giving us the illusion of control. More importantly, it allows us to believe we live in a just world. Learning to recognize this unconscious desire helps us create a safer and happier world.