We will always show up for every single person coming forward with their truths regarding sexual assault.
It is never easy to share dark experiences, but it’s absolutely necessary in order to hold predators accountable.
By sharing your stories, you protect your community by keeping ALL of us safe.
Recently, allegations have started pouring in (some re-surfacing) about several musicians popular in the electronic music scene, artists that once dominated festivals and frequently received reviews by our staff.
As survivors become more encouraged to shed light on monstronsities hiding in plain sight, we must not only listen, but learn how to become true allies in our live music communities.
Remember: You should always be vigilant and helpful to those around you, but especially during concerts, parties and late nights. You don’t have to be someone’s friend to look out for them.
In my opinion, this is especially true in the music scene, where you can make friends on a single trip to the bar or bathroom. Social engagements are accelerated during live music events, making a disgustly perfect playing field for predators looking to take advantage of a good night out.
Advocacy, Self-Help & ‘Care Not Cops’:
From 24/7 hotlines and immediate domestic shelter mobile apps to trauma-informed legal defense and infographic zines, there is a lot to take in below. I listed these resources as they prioritize community care over law enforcement. One of the worst things for survivors is going to the police – this can be a traumatizing experience all over again.
- When you call 800.656.HOPE (4673), you’ll be routed to a local RAINN affiliate organization based on the first six digits of your phone number. Cell phone callers have the option to enter the ZIP code of their current location to more accurately locate the nearest sexual assault service provider.
- The Community Support Line 877-776-2004 is operated in collaboration between SWOP-USA and SWOP Behind Bars. Current this support line is operated by tireless volunteers who are trained in rape counseling and crisis intervention. (Whether you’re an SW or not, it can be very helpful to speak to someone trained in rape counseling and crisis intervention)
Take Back The Night aims to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives. In addition to counseling and emotional support, Take Back The Night also provides legal support for survivors in every state.
The TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, is a subsidiary of National Women’s Law Center Fund LLC. Time’s Up connects those who experience sexual misconduct including assault, harassment, abuse and related retaliation in the workplace or in trying to advance their careers with legal and public relations assistance. The Fund will help defray legal and public relations costs in select cases based on criteria and availability of funds.
- This is a trauma-informed and incredibly well sourced zine that goes over doctor visits (what to know if you have to go) to even more useful and in-depth ways to heal your body, soul and mind. It is a beautiful collection of information that should get shared widely.
#MeToo Movement: This website has several pages of resources for advocacy resources, staying updated on laws affecting the #MeToo movement and more. We highly suggest viewing their toolkit page as well, discussion guides on toxic masculinity, consent and grooming.
Immediate Shelter/Safety Planning Assistance:
Domesticshelters.org is the largest online and mobile searchable directory of domestic violence programs and shelters in the U.S. and Canada. Their website specifically details protections for undocumented women under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Women’s Law lists shelters, local programs and programs that serve each state. Please remember that shelters often provide many other services besides shelter, such as support groups, crisis counseling, and safety planning assistance.