CO--Musician accused of abuse to perform in Boulder; victims respond--Updated

For immediate release: Friday, January 14, 2017

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda, volunteer member of the board of directors of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175[email protected])

A musician who is being sued in Massachusetts for allegedly sexually harassing two young women is performing tomorrow night with the Boulder Philharmonic.

Eric Ruske, a French horn player, was named in a civil lawsuit filed last year by a veteran attorney who has represented hundreds of victims of sexual violence.

We are disappointed that the Boulder Philharmonic is giving Ruske a venue to perform despite the serious allegations against him.

Last April the Wyoming Symphony suspended its contract with the musician after learning of the lawsuit.

No matter what Boulder Philharmonic officials do or don’t do, we hope every person who knows anything about the allegations against Ruske will find the strength and courage to come forward.

Ruske’s alleged victims are represented by Boston attorneys Carmen Durso and Sara Elizabeth Burns (617-728-9123[email protected]).

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for abuse victims. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were abused in many different types of institutional settings. Our website is

Contact – Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175[email protected]), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434[email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])

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  • Bruce Anderson
    commented 2017-01-21 12:53:56 -0600
    I’d suggest calling the Boulder Philharmonic and making an inquiry into whether they’re aware of Eric Ruske’s pending sexual assault lawsuit, and ask them why they’ve allowed him to perform and make $$ with them: (303) 449-1343

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