Today I want to talk about festivals, but I’m not going to talk about the latest fashion trends or what to pack for the weekend, I want to talk about our safety at festivals.
One of the things about people when they’re young, and I include myself here when I say that it is common for us to portray naive attitudes. Especially when it comes to our safety.
Nearly every magazine for the last couple of months has printed articles regarding a go-to guide for festival goers. But I actually read an article about the rise of sexual assaults at festivals and the significant amount that probably go on reported.
Why is it that an incident which is life changing and traumatic for anyone, is something which is all too often pushed under the rug. Not long ago I wrote a post about the stanford rape case, which was significance because most of the time the press nor the justice system seem to hear of such incidences because Universities decide to “deal with it internally”, thus protection reputations.
Cosmopolitan magazine UK recently published an article and referred to it as ‘The great festival hush-up” (certainly fitting).
If approached by campaigners festival organisers seem to take a leaf out of many politicians’ book and decline to comment on the matter or arrange a meeting to improve the situation.
If they fail to set up precautions then what does that mean for our safety? We all know it’s a risk when we go but is it a risk we realistically evaluate? Or do we take the easy way of ignoring this and thinking ‘but it wouldn’t happen to me?’. Don’t get me wrong I’m not blaming the victims, it is in no way their fault. But it is time we raised the volume of talk on this issue and pressured the organisers to actually do something to help.
Thankfully one group have used their fame and influence to send a stern message to festival organisers.
Recently Mumford and sons boycotted Swedish festival, Bravalla, after many reports of sexual assaults were made. Five known cases of rape and at least a dozen suspected.
If more musical acts protested against performing unless this topic was taken more seriously and action was made then real effective change might just be seen.
I know we don’t live in a perfect gum drop unicorn rainbow world but still, the amount of times this happens is unacceptable, especially when afterwards the festival does little to support the victim(s). Not even inquiring for witnesses/information, speaking out about the issue to the public and doing their level best to give those the justice they deserve.
But no it’s all about the money. The fear that if they acknowledge this happens then they might lose in ticket sales.
When is money not going to be prioritised over people.
How many more times does this have to happen?
Just ask yourself, what if it was you, or your sister or your friend?