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25 festival websites to go dark in support of victims of sexual assault

Secret Garden Party and Bestival will take part on Monday

  • Alex Green
  • 5 May 2017

Over 25 music festivals will shut down their websites for 24 hours this coming Monday in support of a campaign promoting zero-tolerance of sexual assault at festivals.

The likes of Bestival and Secret Garden Party have signed up to the Safer Spaces campaign. The initiative is the brainchild of the Association of Independent Festivals and aims to raise awareness of on-site support services available to victims of sexual assault at festivals.

Bestival founder Rob Da Bank said: “Festivals can be crazy spaces and we’re proud that they’re places to let off steam – but there are limits and rules, as there are in general society. It’s a positive message and not a scary one. Everyone should be able to go to festivals and enjoy them.”

On top of this, more than 60 members of AIF have signed up to a charter of ‘best practice’. The initiative is backed by Rape Crisis England & Wales, Girls Against and Safe Gigs For Women.

Find out more via the AIF's website.

[Via: NME]

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