Competition season is upon us and whether or not your music tastes are extra in step with Coachella or Stagecoach — we must always all have the ability to agree that these occasions needs to be a secure area. Nevertheless, that’s removed from the fact for a lot of attendees.
A brand new survey carried out by The Desert Solar reveals that one in six ladies have been sexually harassed at these music festivals this 12 months. The accounts are troubling to say the very least…
“This man walked previous me. (He) touched my decrease again and butt space actually quick. These little cases, you nearly query your self as a result of you recognize it isn’t OK, but it surely was so small, you’re feeling like you possibly can’t say something about it.” – Rosie Makinen, 21
“I believe that’s what the issue is. It has turn out to be normalized and guys assume it’s positive in the event that they do it, and it’s simply unacceptable.”
Of the 323 ladies surveyed who attended both Coachella or Stagecoach, roughly 15 % skilled sexual harassment. That quantity consists of those that obtained “undesirable groping or touching,” like in Makinen’s case.
This 12 months, Goldenvoice launched a brand new anti-harassment/anti-assault coverage to assist promote a safer expertise for pageant goers. Nevertheless, most of those ladies affected didn’t hear of the coverage and didn’t notice there have been secure areas for victims to go to cope with such misery.
Typically instances at music festivals, we’re in shut quarters with others within the crowd. It’s essential to pay attention to our environment and respectful of one another’s private area. Change begins with us as people — however as a neighborhood, we are able to do higher.
Sources: USA As we speak, The Desert Solar