CN talk of sexual assault, no details. •
Everyone should feel safe at concerts and not be worried about sexual assault. Referring to a twitter quote going around, how come basically every woman, non binary person, queer, trans person, femme presenting person I ask been sexually assaulted at a gig yet I don’t know a perpetrator? It’s happened to me twice before. One time was at a Manic Street Preachers gig in 2007. I was lucky that I was on the barrier with a large group of friends and my dad was further back. My friend saw what happened and the two men were kicked out the venue before the band started. But since then I always think about it (and the other time). Extra wary, who is around me, who might be a perpetrator...
This is a message for mostly cis straight men although could also include others, look out for women, non-binary people, trans people, queer people, femme presenting people at concerts. Push people away who you think could be bothering them. Have your eyes and ears open. Keep in mind that if the person is black or POC, fat, disabled... they’re even more of a minority and may need more support. It’s not acceptable to grope people or rub yourself sexually against someone. Even if the person is crowd surfing, it’s not an opportunity for you to take advantage. •
Live music is fun and should be great for everyone! •
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[image description: hand drawn digital illustration of a pie chart. The top says “me when I go to a concert”. The pie chart has three slices. Pink is around 20% and says “I’m having fun!” Blue is around 20% and says “who around me is safe ?” Yellow is the remaining 60% and says “am I going to be sexually assaulted???” There is a colourful border. ] #concerts #concert #livemusic