Greater than 25 UK music festivals are turning off their web sites for a day on Monday as a part of a zero-tolerance marketing campaign highlighting sexual assaults.
The Affiliation of Unbiased Festivals (AIF) needs festival-goers to concentrate on on-site help companies accessible to assist victims.
It says there is no such thing as a proof of any widespread drawback, however hopes this may elevate consciousness of what’s being finished.
In 2016, police say two women were raped at Reading Festival.
Bestival, Parklife and Secret Backyard Social gathering are among the many festivals which have signed as much as the Safer Areas marketing campaign.
“It is elevating consciousness and letting audiences know that if one thing had been to occur, they will report it on web site,” says Renae Brown, marketing campaign supervisor on the AIF.
“That is one thing we ought to be speaking about at festivals. We wish individuals to look out for one another.”
The web sites can be blacked out for 24 hours from 9am on Monday.
Picture caption Rob da Financial institution, founding father of AIF and Bestival promoter, is among the many supporters of the marketing campaign
“Festivals might be loopy areas and we’re proud that they are locations to let off steam however there are limits and guidelines as there are basically society,” says Rob da Financial institution, the promoter of Bestival.
“We simply need everybody to remember and it is nice that a number of the UK’s largest festivals have signed as much as this.
“It is a optimistic message and never a scary one. Everybody ought to be capable of go to festivals and luxuriate in them.”
In addition to the blackout, greater than 60 members of AIF have signed as much as a constitution of greatest observe.
It says it is designed to verify workers and volunteers are skilled to take care of sexual violence, or know the place to direct somebody who could also be a sufferer.
The marketing campaign is supported by teams together with Rape Disaster England & Wales, Ladies In opposition to and Protected Gigs For Girls [SGFW].
“I do know those who now not really feel comfy going to festivals due to undesirable sexual consideration,” says Sarah Claudine from SGFW.
“We do not need that to be the case in any respect.
“Folks ought to be capable of go and luxuriate in dwell music with out the concern of being assaulted or harassed in anyway.”
Picture caption Bestival is among the festivals which has signed as much as the blackout
There isn’t a precise determine on the variety of festivals within the UK, however one web site lists greater than 800 throughout the yr.
In a survey for AIF, 93% of the four,000 respondents stated they did not expertise any form of crime at a competition in 2016, together with assault.
This newest marketing campaign builds on calls from Girls Against in 2015, which needed to lift consciousness of the issue of individuals being groped at gigs.