By Dani Hunter
Right now, the alternative music scene seems like a scary place. We see all kinds of allegations of sexual assault or harassment. We see instances of discrimination against minorities. We want to change this.
Safer Scene is a brand new organization dedicated to educating people about and reducing occurrences of sexual assault, harassment, and discrimination in the alternative music scene we all care so much about. Due to the numerous instances of alleged harassment and assault that have recently come to light, Safer Scene was created by a group of dedicated and enthusiastic music fans. Together, the current Safer Scene volunteers bring expertise in community and youth outreach, advocacy, and a history of working within the alternative scene.
We at Safer Scene believe that through education, activism and support, we can begin to change people’s understanding of these issues. For example, in the discourse surrounding recent incidents, there has been a clear lack of understanding about issues of consent. The kinds of discussions that we aim to start can change the way that people understand consent and hopefully that can help in the prevention of future incidents. As we gain volunteers and momentum, hopefully these issues can generate the kind of grassroots passion and dedication needed to create lasting change.
If you’re interested in helping us create a Safer Scene, there are many ways you can help. We recently launched a video project on why we need a safer scene. If you would like to participate in that, find more information on our website. There you can also find a donate button if you wish to donate directly to our organization. This money will go towards further development for Safer Scene. In addition, we also have shirts for sale at our online store, with all profits going to the Joyful Heart Foundation, a great organization that helps victims of sexual assault, domestic abuse, and child abuse.
Safer Scene has big plans, but we can’t do it without you. With your help, we can improve the scene that we love. We can achieve a Safer Scene.
Dani Hunter is the Executive Director of Safer Scene. She is currently pursuing a undergraduate degree at Austin Peay State University where she also serves as the President of the school's Gay-Straight Alliance.
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