In light of the recent whirlwind of discussion regarding consent and sexual abuse within the electronic music community, DanceSafe and the above-named artists have teamed up to throw #WeLoveConsent at the Magic Stick in Detroit on Saturday, March 31, 2018 to gather support for a consent movement rooted in awareness and education. The special event takes the name of DanceSafe’s new program, which seeks to help dismantle rape culture and build a consent culture within the electronic music and nightlife communities.
Before the show, all artists, venue staff, and members from artists’ management and agency teams will participate in bystander intervention training hosted by Good Night Out Vancouver, an organization dedicated to providing the nightlife industry with the capacity to respond to and prevent harassment and sexual assault within licensed venues. There will be educational literature posted throughout the venue and distributed to participants, and proceeds from the show will be donated to DanceSafe in support of #WeLoveConsent and its mission.
“We as artists find ourselves in a unique position to enact real change,” states Space Jesus, an artist on the #WeLoveConsent lineup. “Dance music culture is rooted in love and respect and we, especially as men, need to do our part to work with everyone within the community to stand by that. I’m really excited to do this show with a lot of good friends, and I’ve been working with my team to make sure that we pay attention to what we learn here and implement this knowledge in all future events.”
The show is a proactive and meaningful step towards addressing the issue of sexual assault in nightlife settings, and it gives a tangible and realistic example to anyone in the music industry–from management companies and agencies, to artists, promoters and venues–of something they could reasonably do and fit into their busy schedules. It is also significant because the parties involved are artists and promoters willing to take “the first plunge” in doing something concrete to effectuate much needed change.
“Regardless of where each one of us is in our understanding of consent, there’s always room for improvement,” states Kristin Karas, Director of Operations for DanceSafe. “If we remain humble and create space for our own growth, we have the opportunity to band together to dismantle rape culture and build a consent culture within our community.”
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