TRIGGER WARNING: rape and sexual assault.

For years, the music festival circuit has downplayed the risk of sexual assault.

Camp Bisco’s safety guidelines don’t mention assault or harassment at all, and merely state that “event producers are not responsible for attendees’ actions.” Bigger festivals such as Coachella mention “sexual harassment” in their “Every One” promise but follow up the pledge with vague reprimands, stating that harassers are subject to “immediate removal from the festival site.” Suffolk, England’s Latitude Festival takes it one step further and offers an ambiguous list of “personal safety” tips, including that festival-goers should “keep their wits” about them.

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