Rainbow Serpent announces safe space for victims of assault in Australian first
Rainbow Serpent Festival have announced an Australian-first initiative to provide comprehensive on-site support services to people affected by sexual and gender-based violence ahead of their 20th-anniversary event.
Dubbed 'The Nest' the space was created in consultation with government funded advocacy groups and emergency service providers and will offer information and support for patrons who have experienced assault.
Social Services Manager for the festival, Mel Pearson, stressed the importance of LGBTI and other marginalised festival-goers being able to find help in a safe environment if they are being victimised on-site.
“Research shows that while most gender and family violence occurs inside the home, outside the home the greatest risk is in large crowds such as sporting and music events," said Pearson.
“We’re introducing this program at Rainbow because we care about our patrons and want to be proactive about safeguarding every element of their personal wellbeing. We need to acknowledge that family and sexual violence is a problem in wider society and it’s therefore natural a festival with 18,000 attendees isn’t immune from those issues.
“Victim-survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence often don’t report incidents or seek help and we want our patrons to know we’re here for them”