I would like to start this blog post with a massive thank you to everyone who has shown support so far – it’s been really overwhelming! We have received such love from many parties, including some of our favourite bands. This has been really special as we have been shown just how much they care about their fans, and it really helps us believe that we are making a difference.
Since the campaign began less than a week ago, Peace, Swim Deep and Circa Waves have all spoken out on stage against groping at gigs. This is a fantastic start – the more we talk about it, the more likely we are to eradicate it. We receive countless stories on a daily basis about the ordeal many have experienced at gigs. I would like to give a personal thank you to all that have spoken out – we realise how difficult it is and commend your bravery. It’s not nice to relive those memories and we are really thankful that you’ve trusted us enough to let us know and in some cases, share to a wider audience.
We begin with a simple agenda – to raise awareness of the issue. The more aware everyone is of the problem, the more able we are to look out for fellow gig goers and keep each other safe. Me and the other girls are working towards contacting various bands, venues, security companies and promoters, in order to establish a solid safety plan should you find yourself in an unsafe situation. We know that many perpetrators have walked away from these gigs without punishment and that isn’t okay. Sexual harassment is a crime, and the punishments should be enforced.
We strive toward a world where we can attend gigs anxiety-free. No one should have their night ruined. Gigs are supposed to be a special place where a crowd share love and happiness – not where people are made to feel violated. Thank you again for all your love and support – together we are stronger. Our messages are always open in case you need to confide in someone – we will always be supportive and we will fight for you.
Big love –
Anni (member of Girls Against).