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after years of silence, activists are forcing music festivals to take sexual assault seriously

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after years of silence, activists are forcing music festivals to take sexual assault seriously

two weeks before their central coast electronic music festival lightning in a bottle, the l.a. concert promoters at do lab were busy with the usual tasks: prepping campgrounds, checking sound equipment and stocking up on psychedelic art.but this year, they also held a new class for fans and staff that focused on fighting sexual harassment at festivals: “creating safer-braver spaces: consent culture & social care.” do lab, which is a coachella collaborator, will also have a medical team specifically trained to fight sexual harassment as well as counselors available for any victims. “all of do lab’s departments [train] on how to spot a person in need or a situation that might escalate,” said erica seigel, a coordinator for the festival safety firm involved. “the teams are trained to act quickly, provide support and create a safe space for anyone who needs it.”for a new generation of activists fighting sexual assault in the music scene, that’s exactly what fans and promoters need. sara st. hilaire vividly remembers the last time she went to the bonnaroo festival in manchester, tenn., because a man followed her through the crowd and began touching her.“this guy was creeping up on me and groping me, and i had to get away,” she says. that was seven years ago; she never went back to bonnaroo. but the l.a.-based music marketer said she’s endured groping at more recent events too. “one time a guy even lifted up my shirt in the crowd,” she said. “there’s a...