Harry and Hermione made their way to the back of the room, where there was a small, vacant table between the window and a handsome Christmas tree, which stood next to the fireplace. Ron came back five minutes later, carrying three foaming tankards of hot butterbeer.
"Merry Christmas!" he said happily, raising his tankard.
Harry drank deeply. It was the most delicious thing he’d ever tasted and seemed to heat every bit of him from the inside.
—Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 10
This was one of the most vivid and touching moments for me while reading this book. It’s simple and heartwarming, just the way I love it.
On November 5th a woman came forward with a guest blog post about her experience of being sexually assaulted by the lead singer of The Casualties.
The author of the blog has shared an email address to send your stories to, anonymously if you wish, “The number of women who are starting to come out with their stories of Jorge is growing daily. If you would like to contribute any part of your interactions with him in a follow up blog or possible website, anonymously, please feel free to email JorgeAssaultedMe@gmail.com and thank you again for reading this and sharing the story with your friends in bands.”
In the meantime, many others from the punk/music community have voiced similar experiences in the comments sections of different sites. A partial list was posted on the Let’s Kick the Casualties out of Denver fb event page, and we have added to it here.
Please note some of the comments have been truncated to sections directly related to Jorge & The Casualties’ actions.
Updated 11/28/13 1:30pm
gold soundz incidents like this involving this dude have been sadly talked about since the late 90s
jpmalone4 This isn’t the first accusation I’ve heard against the guy. My former babysitter - who’s about the same age as the blogger - hates this guy because of something he did to one of her friends. I don’t know the details, but she would never let me listen to the Casualties because of it.
Jason Tate There have been rumblings in the punk community for as long as I can remember, this is definitely not the first time I’ve heard something similar either.
Bryan Clarence Reynolds Owner at Millenium Falcon Embroidery and Digitizing Co. I’m from NYC and Jorge was KNOWN around town for this type of behaviour including barging in on girls in the fitting room when he worked at Trash and Vaudville on St.Marks. Seriously don’t bother defending this pedo, this shit is right up his alley
Cole Michael Works at Ghost Busters this isn’t an isolated claim, there have been many young women saying the same kinda shit throughout the years that Jorge has come onto them/put himself on them/acted like a fucking creep in general. Shit, around ‘03ish a 14 year old girl around KC had the same shit occur. Jorge being a fucking creep trying to get in her pants… Borrowed from a message sent to our page tonight: “I remember some teenage girls we knew thought it would be cool to also roll w/ him after a show; luckily they took him to a public place, a diner in Chicago, where after food was served he just blurted out “hey, are we going to your house or are we doing this in the car” which offended the 2 girls and they left him stranded” … That girl isn’t the only one with this story, there are/were many girls who came forward, in many different cities and for many years, before the internet became popular.
Sidney Harding Boston, Massachusetts Their bassist once felt up my friend for quite some time when we were hanging out with them at warped tour when we were fifteen
John Gause Not the first time I’ve heard about something like this coming from this act.
Plankton I am not surprised to discover this as he made lewd comments to me as a teenager that made me uncomfortable.
Adrian I personally know 3 other women with similar stories of Jorge. The Casualties suck and he’s a douche. I’m so sorry that this happened to you and if I ever see him in person again I’ll head butt him and kick him while he’s down. Punk.
BxNeurotic By reposting this story, I found out that this also happened to a girl in my town. No words can express how horrible this is, but much respect to you for having the guys to speak out on it. Fuck this guy, and his band, and every “friend”, promoter, and fan who knows about this shit and does nothing. Keeping quiet only allows it to happen to another girl. Thank you for sharing; hopefully others will do the same, until this band is barred from ever playing a show again.
BD i interviewed jorge in 1993? for a 9th grade school project about punk rock. it was after the casualties played a show at the beanery in CT. i asked him what his favorite part of being in a band was and he said (beyond inebriated and laughing) “i get to fuck as many underage girls as i can” (or something along those lines) it’s still creepy to this day. i hope that tape is in my parents basement somewhere.
Daze We’ve all been in the scene for many years and heard the rumors
Gerry HubleyAfter posting this link on my wall two unconnected friends, from opposite ends of the country recounted their own years old stories of similar things happening to friends of theirs.
Brooke I’ve been told similar stories of Jorge and his behavior towards girls/women by several close friends in the scene over the years.
Kidd Heck he was trying to drug and rape my friend and i caught on to him put her in bed and fought that fool all the way into the street
LinoleumdollYou’re absolutely not alone in this. Jorge was known for doing this shit. I thank Meggers for stepping in and getting Jorge to leave my friend and I alone while we were only 14…
LM people here, in his home city, have known about this guy’s shitty behaviors for a very long time. It’s not a “one sided story” when there are dozens of UNDERAGE girls who share the same side.
Yelena Gordiyenko I remember when I was 15 my friend and I used to always go to Trash & Vaudeville and see him there. He would always hit on us and be very pushy and creepy and aggressive.
I also have experienced Jorge. I was thrown against a wall and he tried to force himself upon me. I was 16. (15 years ago) I am lucky because I had a group of friends with me.
As soon as I read this post, a flood of memories of that day hit me.
Citybabysrevenge I have heard on more than one occasion that he’s a total creep. That’s the thing about so-called rumors, when multiple accounts depict the same kind of behavior on multiple occasions, they stop being rumors and start looking hella credible.
Dan How is this shit even disputable. It’s been known for years that this dude is a fucking pervert. I heard about it at least 10 years ago. When NUMEROUS people say that someone has assaulted them over the span of OVER A FUCKING DECADE, do you really need to catch him in the act to believe it?
LaLa I know first hand what scum Jorge is. Back in the late 90s, when I was about 16, Jorge put his nasty hands on me and fondled me. This was completely unprovoked, unsolicited, I was simply minding my own business at a show with friends at the now defunct Coney island high, nyc. He must have been 35 then. I have at least 3 other friends who were also pubescent at the time similar experiences, which even involved him violating/manhandling them way worse than what he did to me. He’s disgusting
I always thought he was a rapist. It always made me sick that he was in his 30s when I was in my teens and he dated nothing but teenage girls. If it’s any consolation, an old friend of mine in Austin punched that dickhead in the face while he was in the middle of a set at Emos. The funny thing about it all was how quick that mf’er ran to the nearest cops to try to press charge. I guess it’s only punk when he rapes underage girls but not when he gets his ass kicked for being a creep.
Mandatory Castration For Pedophiles Through out the mid and late 90′s, there was always talk of that asshole molesting drunk/high girls at after show parties.
Matt I used to live in Philly in the early 2000′s and I dated the ex of one of the band members that lived there at the time. I definitely heard a few accounts from people about Jorge doing that shit to other girls and also had my share of run-ins with the total scum that are that band
Nicole Introvert This story is true. Every word. Beth and I may not be in communication currently, but when we were 16 we barely went an hour without speaking to each other. I was the person she called in the morning to describe every terrifying detail of this story
Angel Many yrs ago a friend of mine ended up hanging out with ‘these guys’ in New Orleans & she came home with stories of what pigs they were & how rude they were to her & girlfriends, so this story, sadly, doesn’t surprise me
citybabysrevenge I have heard these stories many times before
leopardboots I was 15 or 16 and ended up sitting in a bar with the band and another teenage female pal, drinking illegal beers, and the aforementioned scumbag singer started getting closer and closer to us, being a creeper basically. One of his band mates, who over the years I have had many beers with and seemed to be a stand-up dude, announced it was time for us to leave and walked us back to our hotel. It had never before crossed my mind that something terrible could have happened.
So I work at a pet hospital, and we got a sick chameleon today that we had to treat. Needless to say we got a little attached to her and named her Susan. Her pillow was a cotton ball, her blankets were gauze squares and her head-warmer was a top of a glove filled with water. :)