Alright. We got you this far. That must mean that you’re at least a little bit interested in addressing sexual violence at music festivals. That’s good news. The even better news? It doesn’t have to be as hard as you might be thinking. Honest.
What we know is that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will directly experience sexual violence in their lifetime. We also know that sexual assault happens at higher rates in the summertime. And we know that article after article after article tells us that sexual violence at music festivals is a real problem.
So how can you help? It’s simple. Just learning about these numbers is a huge start. But if you want to take a step or two further, we’ve compiled a list of ideas to help give suggestions. Maybe these aren’t all for you. That’s okay. Maybe you have amazing ideas that aren’t on this list. That’s okay too. The point is that we have to keep talking. Sexual violence relies on silence. If we remove the silence, it’s like removing oxygen from a flame – it will eventually flicker out.
-Seek out and support bands who are already supporting sex crime victims.
–Stop shutting up about sex crimes.
–Speak out when I see or hear misconduct.
-I pledge to stand behind victims of rape by validating their experiences.
-Think about how your jokes and comments affect victims, and how it may shame them.
-Maintain respect for my friends, and demand respect in return.
-Take action to protect my fellow concert goers by reporting suspicious behavior.
–Take the pledge to help reduce sexual violence in the scene, and let us keep you up to date with other ways to help.
What else? What else can be done to save our scene? It’s going to take a little bit from all of us. If you haven’t already, make sure to click here to learn more, or sign our pledge to help below. And let us know in the comments what other ideas you have.