The growing epidemic of intimate harassment at Aussie music festivals

The growing epidemic of intimate harassment at Aussie music festivals

The music industry is scrambling to prove their events are safe places for women after a spate of reported sexual assaults at festivals over the summer. Come july 1st there have been five incidences of sexual attack reported to police at Tasmania’s Falls Festival, with two males now dealing with indecent attack charges.

At Victoria’s Rainbow Serpent event there have been two reports of intimate assault: down through the year that is previous where that they had four. Plus it gets far worse, with data showing significantly more than 16 percent – therefore about one out of six females – have already been intimately assaulted by somebody apart from their partner, over the Australasia area. A current study of a huge selection of young gig-goers in Melbourne indicated that 96.6 percent thought that undesired attention that is sexual in licensed venues and 80.2 percent seen unwelcome intimate attention to be typical.

Tamara, 27, skilled this firsthand whenever she went to her first music event as a teenager.

“Someone began attempting to grind up because I didn’t want to make him angry,” she says behind me and I was trying to push him away without being confrontational. “He started wanting to communicate with me personally and kiss me personally and hug me personally and I also had been just attempting to simply tell him to disappear completely. “i did son’t truly know what you should do … he then quickly place his hand straight straight straight down my skirt and into my undies as well as in my vagina and began fingering me personally.

“I seemed around and saw he had been much older I was so grossed out than me… like 40 years old and. Continue reading “The growing epidemic of intimate harassment at Aussie music festivals”