About Tori Amos - - 2003-08-21 10:05:40
Tori Amos started off playing the piano at the age of two, at four she was singing and performing in the church choir and by five she received an invitation to study piano at the prestigious Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.
Her acclaimed debut album, Little Earthquakes, was released in January 1992, featuring 12 ultra-personal tracks; including the singles Silent All These Years and Me And A Gun, on which Amos recounts the details of her own rape by an armed "fan" as she drove him home after a gig. The rape left Tori silent for many years until she saw "Thelma and Louise" in a movie theatre.
"I went to see Thelma and Louise, alone, on a whim, and my life changed. When Susan Sarandon killed the would-be rapist people had to move away from me in the theater, just because I was, you know, sobbing. I was like a little well spring sitting there"
In 1994, Tori co-founded the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network ( RAINN), a non-profit organization which connects survivors to counseling centers through a confidential, toll free, twenty-four hour, national hotline. Since its creation, RAINN has been able to help over 200,000 survivors, through the more than 750 rape crisis centers in the RAINN network. In January of 1997, Amos headlined a New York City benefit concert in support of RAINN
"Well, when people go "Tori, this is so depressing," my response is look, if it happens to you or your daughter, you'll shut up, your whole life will change. You might be uncomfortable dealing with this, but if your daughter needs help, there is a place where people can go. At least they can advise your daughter or your son where they need to go if they've had a problem that you can't deal with. You'd be surprised just how many parents just don't want to talk about this. Somebody said that Howard Stern said sarcastically that I was a "real party", but you know, rape isn't about a party. If something like that happened to somebody he loved, he better hope I'm not about a party when that moment happens and they need help. I'm really doing this so that people can go to a party. I'm doing this so that people who feel that at 21 their lives are over, or they don't know how to have an intimate physical relationship, that they can be beautiful people again."
New York Post Interview
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