Tasmanian Times

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Falls Festival needs to take responsibility for sexual assault cases

*Pic: Photos by Joanna Pinkiewicz. Festival goers spreading the message of saying NO to Sexual Assault …

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In response to last year’s reports of rape and sexual assaults independent activists and festival-goers took action to spread the message via placing messages in toilet cubicles, wearing patches on the back of their shirts and jackets and giving away badges they produced themselves.

The Tasmanian police advocated publicly for a stronger response to end the culture of non-consensual touching and rape amongst the festival goers. 3 reports of sexual assault have been reported this year.

It has to be highlighted that all the sexual victims were again female and that this is still part of a male culture that teaches young men to assert, demand or coerce women into sexual activities they are not willing or desiring to participate in.

It is extremely disappointing that the management of the Falls Festival shuts down media completely after reports reach the news. It is also harmful that the festival does not produce any educational messages themselves. They could easily utilize the big screens between acts and hand out materials on sexual consent to all the party-goers at the gate.

In times where women continuously struggle to address this issue and begin to challenge it, we need all hands on deck to stop anything that encourages sexism, sexual callousness or exploitation. No artists invited to perform should ever encourage this behaviour or acts. We had comments that one performer and one performance act in the Village encouraged sexism or sexual violence. This is also not acceptable.

We are looking forward for the Falls Festival Management taking greater responsibility in this area. The festival has a great cultural influence on young people and spreading the message of consent and zero tolerance of sexual assault is as important as zero tolerance to drink driving.

Thank you to the Loo Crew and Bob Brown Foundation who embraced spreading the message!

WATCH the mess left by Falls Festival campers … HERE

*Joanna Pinkiewicz is an activist in women’s rights and environmental rights areas. She designed and produced patches, stickers and Badges for this year Falls Festival.

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Joanna

    February 6, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Thank you Isla and Simone!

    The management has not responded to our email, and so far we haven’t been able to reach it and have a conversation.
    Tas police responded positively to our action and my email afterwards. They said the stickers in the toilets were an excellent idea and congratulated us on the initiative.

    It is really not that hard for the Falls to pick up the messaging. They make lots of money from this heavily intoxicated crowd … so it’s not in their interest to change the culture.

  2. Simone

    February 6, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Yes. ZERO TOLERANCE. Power to the people definitely, but the organisers must take action on this. Here’s hoping they do.

  3. Isla MacGregor

    February 5, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Great work Jo and yes lets hope Falls Festival Management do more next year to ensure there are no sexual assaults.

    How about a policy-
    “GATE will be UNLOCKED [b]after[/b] litter is picked up”?

    Sadly it’s no different to talking to children.

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