On February 8th, CNN broke the news that renowned voice actor and coach Peter Rofé had sexually harassed at least thirty of his female students. Since then, thirteen other women have come forward with similar experiences. According to CNN, Rofé’s lawyer has denied wrongdoing on behalf of his client.
As a man, a voice actor, and a coach, I am disgusted by Rofé’s actions as described by his former students, and I was moved by how my female colleagues came together to share their stories so others could be safe. I dedicate the following to them.
Here’s to the women.
The brave, smart, ambitious women
who wanted to become the best in the business;
trusting a teacher
to inspire them, to coach them, to provide a safe space,
to be vulnerable, to be challenged, and supported.
He took their money, and their dreams
as he slowly peeled away the layers
in a maze of manipulation,
attempting to erase their inhibitions
while exposing himself
as the perverted, messed up man he was.
He abused his power, and his reputation
again and again,
stripping his students
of their confidence
and their aspirations,
until they realized that they were not alone.
One by one, they found the courage
to come forward, and speak about the unspeakable,
warning a community, and exposing the exposer
hoping he’d own up, face the consequences, and seek help.
So, here’s to the women.
The brave, smart, incredible women,
who knew they were not to blame
for this sick man and his game.
Here’s to the women who took back control.
Silent no longer. Empowered, and stronger
and stronger, and stronger.
Karma is indeed a Bitch!
Paul Strikwerda ©nethervoice
Over thirty women who say they were sexually harassed by Rofé have formed a private Facebook group. If you’ve had a similar experience with Peter Rofé and you’d like support, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Confidentiality is guaranteed.