A recently founded campaign fighting against sexual harassment at music gigs is becoming well known amongst artists and music venues.
The Girls Against account was set up after one of the members experienced sexual harassment at a concert in September, she explains: “Music is a very personal thing for a lot of people and this experience should not be ruined by feeling violated and terrified as someone sexually harasses you.” Since then, artists such as Circa Waves, Kate Nash, Swim Deep and Peace have praised and followed their work.
“I’ve been groped when jumping in the crowd and we gotta speak up and educate,” Kate Nash explains on Twitter.
The campaign has growing support with already over 3,000 followers on Twitter in 11 days. By tweeting their favourite bands and artists, they are receiving growing recognition and have had mentions at gigs all over the UK.
Circa Waves have been raising awareness for Girls Against during their UK tour: “It happens way too much, everyone is here to have a good time, and anyone who thinks otherwise is not welcome at our shows.”
The campaign have also had acknowledgement from music venues and magazines. The O2 Academy Oxford stated: “We take this very seriously.”
With the increase in support, Girls Against also hope to target sexual harassment at festivals in the near future.