Luke Rockets Allegations

2017-11-13 by Drubbi | 40 Comments
Luke Rockets, guitarist for the Australian pop-punk band With Confidence, has been accused of engaging in sexually explicit conversations with a fourteen year old girl. The full statement from a friend of the victim, along with screenshots of conversations between Luke and the girl in questions, can be seen via the link below. The full statement is as follows:

In light of the recent events, I feel like I can no longer stay quiet about an experience that has affected someone close to me. Sadly, we still live in a society full of victim-blaming and social media backlash aimed at the people brave enough to speak up about experiences of sexual assault or misconduct. I am speaking for my friend, who has chosen to remain anonymous for these very same reasons. May this be an example to all of you that young girls are still afraid to speak up about these experiences, as the prospect of the hate they’ll receive is just as terrifying as being sexually preyed on.

This friend and I started listening to a band called With Confidence when they were just beginning to play shows. My friend got very into them, specifically their guitarist Luke “Rockets”. She was 14 at the time and he was 22, about to turn 23. She developed a crush on him, just like any other 14 year old would have. In no time, With Confidence became her favourite band, and Luke became her favourite artist. She liked them so much, she made sure to attend every show they played in our city, and even for the 18+ ones we’d wait outside just to meet them because we couldn’t get in to the concert. We met them so many times that they even got to know who we were, and would recognise us occasionally, and we became friends on Facebook.

In April of 2016, after my friend was unable to fly to Sydney for one of their gigs, she messaged Luke to apologise for not making it, and asked how the show was. That’s when they started talking. At first they exchanged casual messages, and the conversation was pretty normal, enough that she began to feel like they were actually becoming friends. It escalated incredibly quickly, and what originally was just innocent compliments suddenly turned into inappropriate comments.

He began to ask about her feet in a really undesirable manner, and slowly the conversation acquired a sexual nature. He asked her about kinks, and other adult concepts. I’d like to stress that he was aware that my friend was underage since he knew that we could not get into their 18+ shows. During many of their conversations, she would be at school with me. We were both in Year 9. At one point he asked about what grade she was in, and she purposely lied and said she was in the grade above, in Year 10, because she was afraid that he’d stop talking to her if he thought she was too young. Either way, Year 10 was still just one year older than we were, which is in the 15/16 year old age range.

At this point he was already 23, and the sexual nature of the conversations had begun to escalate even more. She would never directly say that she was uncomfortable, but in some cases she would not reply and make excuses as to why she hadn’t. I have attached screenshots, which are just a tiny portion of these conversations. For the sake of my friend’s privacy, we have blurred some of her responses out. I would also like to make it very clear that in many of the screenshots, her responses were not what she truly wanted to say, she simply said the things she said so that they could continue to be friends.

I’d like to make it clear, that my friend never sent any explicit photos, or responded to his advances. However, the weight of the influence that he had on her, someone that she admired greatly, was too heavy for her to ever directly say no, even when she felt uncomfortable. Many times me and her would find his comments funny, and respond in comedic ways, only because we were younger and didn’t understand the severity of the situation. Nevertheless, when she was home alone she would often feel very uneasy with the conversation.

Today, she still feels very ashamed of the way she responded to him in some cases, and how that could’ve encouraged him. However, he was aware that she admired him, which made her an easy target, and that is exactly what he took advantage of. These actions of a 23 year old man who knew well that he could take advantage of a 14 year old girl this way are appalling. It got to a point where my friend was so sure that he’d attempt something inappropriate with her in person next time they saw each other, that we sold the tickets we had for their next show and did not end up going.

We are lucky that she was able to stand her ground and never give in to the pressure that he was putting on her. However, that is exactly why we want to speak up about this, because we know that there are many girls who have not been able to do so. We are aware that Luke was talking to at least one other girl who was also underage at the same time as he was talking to my friend, but that is not our story to tell. We want to give a voice to the people who may have experienced something similar to this, to let them know that they are not alone and give them a platform to speak out.

Our main goal here is to get this story out there, especially because many of us are unaware of the things our own idols could have done. It’s sad that so many of these cases go undiscovered, but we are no longer willing to stay quiet about this man. He was disgusting and manipulative, he took advantage of a minor knowing that he could get what he wanted and that she would not say anything because she did not want to ruin his career. This is yet another reason why it has taken her so long to speak up, but I am more than glad that she finally is because this sexual predator deserves to be exposed.


Link to full post: https://www.facebook.com/nearlypiper/posts/10208459721608981?hc_location=ufi

Tagged: With Confidence

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Drubbi
November 13th 2017
194 Comments


Yet another one, this time with some pretty incriminating evidence.

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botb
November 13th 2017
11027 Comments


Pop punk is literally full of this shit

onionbubs
November 13th 2017
6807 Comments


without reading the article i could already tell they were a pop punk band ffs

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DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2017
16473 Comments


99% of the audience of pop punk bands are pre pubescent? Never knew this, now I know

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onionbubs
November 13th 2017
6807 Comments


well its a genre that lyrically writes about a lot of adolescent things, so it primarily appeals to teenagers more than a lot of other genres

DinosaurJones
November 13th 2017
6218 Comments


Guys, why. Why the fuck.

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DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2017
16473 Comments


Opportunity meets idiocy?

bloc
November 13th 2017
44386 Comments


I can say, with confidence, that he is guilty of the accusations

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SweeneyTodd
November 13th 2017
1458 Comments


"I can say, with confidence, that he is guilty of the accusations"

fucking hell

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butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2017
5717 Comments


this almost never happens to classical composers.. And I for one am sick and tired of elderly sexual abuse going unreported..

MayhemWithMercy
November 13th 2017
4168 Comments


Oh look it's another pop punk vocalist doing this shit

JesperL
November 13th 2017
71 Comments


can people stop being pieces of fucking shit goddammit

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TheGreatQ
November 13th 2017
2539 Comments


Okay obviously the fact she was 14 is what makes it wrong, but in Australia 16 is the legal age not 18, and she says her friend lied about how old she was.

alienobserver
November 13th 2017
3913 Comments


thought this was the brand new article for a second lamo

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kris.
November 13th 2017
14637 Comments


https://twitter.com/withconfidence_/status/930079657768210432

the band kicked him out almost immediately lol
good on em

bloc
November 13th 2017
44386 Comments


Nice statement too

Asdfp277
November 13th 2017
15832 Comments


anyone else wanna admit to being a sexual predator? now's your chance

Asdfp277
November 13th 2017
15832 Comments


Snide, now's your chance

TheGreatQ
November 13th 2017
2539 Comments


Don’t know if I should post it as news or not since it’s on a personal FB, but an ex-guitarist of The Crimson Armada just dropped allegations that his former female roommate and at least a dozen other women he knows were assaulted and abused by Austin Carlisle.

UniqueUniverse
November 13th 2017
7870 Comments


here we go again, you people are gonna make me fat with all that popcorn i'm eating, whilst following these threads

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bloc
November 13th 2017
44386 Comments


GreatQ that is a spicy meatball

botb
November 13th 2017
11027 Comments


i thought everyone knew that austin carlisle was a rapist? i thought that came out literally years ago

TheGreatQ
November 13th 2017
2539 Comments


I know there’s been rumors but I don’t remember any actual accusations until now.

BlacKapes
November 13th 2017
1920 Comments


more like luke COCKets LOL!!@#!@#!@#

suppatime
November 13th 2017
884 Comments


i can't defend pop punk anymore... burn it down

onionbubs
November 13th 2017
6807 Comments


i fuckin swear if matt skiba is accused of something

TheMrAlexK
November 13th 2017
8773 Comments


If Jeremy McKinnon ever gets accused of something like this my heart would break

Sinternet
November 13th 2017
14855 Comments


believe me there's bound to be some shit out the adtr camp, i've heard rumours

also saw these guys as support for mayday parade this year and that guy looked proper creepy fuckboy anyway, not surprised

ArsMoriendi
November 13th 2017
22046 Comments


Pop punk appeals mostly to minors

Get ready to find out that many pop punk frontmen are pedos

This is probably only the beginning

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Sinternet
November 13th 2017
14855 Comments


see people are fretting over how it's gonna tarnish the other bandmates' reputation as well as if there haven't been cases of this before which people promptly forgot about


Nazzadan
November 13th 2017
1571 Comments


ADTR already went through this like a decade ago, if it happens again I'm just gonna say, "Hey man, that's really unfortunate and you guys should stop doing that." You know?

onionbubs
November 13th 2017
6807 Comments


see i just dont want to find out my favorite artists are shitty people, and I like already have in the case of Jesse so

zakalwe
November 13th 2017
23386 Comments


Luke Rockets?

There’s a bloke down the road who plays a guitar and was done for fiddling with a 9 year old. I think he might’ve been on the radio once in about 2003.
News worthy item it would seem nowadays.

Prancer
November 13th 2017
470 Comments


Waiting for his response in which he chooses to now live as a gay man.

Itwasthatwas
November 13th 2017
1429 Comments


Pop punk was always a mistake, now moreso than ever.

I always found it weird that grown men would make music so explicitly targeted at young girls.

I remember years ago, someone asked Trivium in an interview if their at the time newfound fame led to getting lots of girls. One of them answers something along the lines of "no, most of us have girlfriends and the fans tend to be teenagers anyways".

A number of pop punk frontmen seem to have lacked that filter

runaways
November 13th 2017
672 Comments


ew what a weirdo these messages are so cringe and beyond creepy

Tyler.
November 13th 2017
13779 Comments


stooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooop

Scoot
November 13th 2017
18770 Comments


just the tip of the iceberg

give a shitlord power over impressionable teenage girls and he will abuse it

many pop punk musicians are shitlords

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hansoloshotfirst
November 13th 2017
546 Comments


Pop punk was always a mistake, now moreso than ever. [2]

Omeggia
November 16th 2017
193 Comments


I think the amount of allegations will start to snowball over the coming weeks and good riddance. We've all suspected that pop punk was rife with this kind of awful shit,



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