Going out and seeing music is meant to be fun. So it’s pretty damn unfortunate that sexual harassment at music events is still such a thing. In Australia a group of musicians have even voiced their concern about the perceived increase in gross conduct at their gigs.
That’s why this campaign by Melbourne group Camp Cope is something that’s sorely needed in music right now. It’s called #ItTakesOne and encourages musicians, punters, staff and anyone involved in live music to stand up and call out sexual harassment when they see it.
“We were all feeling very defeated by the continuous reports of incidents nobody knew what to do but we all felt so passionately about it,” according to the band’s Facebook post.
“We wanted to channel that emotion into one clear message where we can express our stance on the issue and also make it something hopeful by encouraging the idea that every single person at a show is important and can make a significant difference.
“It’s up to the artists, the audience, the venue, everybody… to make a show safe.”
The band has also created a video featuring plenty of Australian music industry heavyweights, like Courtney Barnett, triple j’s Dom Alessio, The Jezabels’ Nick Kaloper, and Tyler Richardson from punk outfit Luca Brasi.
You’ll notice that men feature more in the video, particularly those with bands that have a predominantly male audience. “This was done intentionally women are generally thevictims in these incidents so while it’s just as important for females to speak up, it’s ultimately the responsibility of men to initiate change,” said a statement from Camp Cope, sent via email.
“It’s important for men to speak out against other men’s behaviour, and to be positive role models for each other.”
Check out the campaign video below, and remember #ItTakesOne.