GrooveSafe is an initiative to stop unwanted touching, harassment and sexual assault in live entertainment spaces. The mission of this nonprofit is to create a no tolerance environment with an emphasis on building consent culture.
Our goal at GrooveSafe is to shift the culture in places we gather for live music and entertainment to create a safer environment. This movement brings awareness to sexual misconduct and teaches that a change in behavior starts with a recognition of the problem.
GrooveSafe focuses on educating bands, venues, and fans on tactics that aim to improve the live music experience.
We do this by educating fans on appropriate interactions, encouraging people to speak up for themselves and their peers and providing training for bands and venues. Currently, as we adjust to a pandemic, we highlight the importance of respect for personal boundaries.
We will keep the conversation going and give people a voice.
Our vision includes educating people on how to respond to assault, how to take action as an active bystander, and tips on staying safe.
GrooveSafe offers support and resources to survivors, fans, bands and venues.
The GrooveSafe logo represents a silent message to stand against harassment and sexual violence against any gender, by any gender, at any live music or entertainment event.
Your support will help create awareness surrounding bodily autonomy that empowers individuals' sense of agency and nurtures an environment where concertgoers and attendees feel safe and supported by the industry.
GrooveSafe started as movement within the live music community to bring awareness to non consensual touching and sexual violence at concerts and places we gather for entertainment. The issue is so rampant, GrooveSafe became a non profit and continues to work to create spaces that nurture consent culture.
Yes, it happens and it’s terrible. For years, going to concerts was my happy place. There was just one element of the environment that was always uncomfortable. From time to time, I would get groped or grinded on. I spent many shows wondering why people thought it was okay to touch other people without permission. It ruined entire nights. The moment was over for the offender but I was stuck with the feelings of discomfort and fear. Sometimes, I was so put off, so violated, that I had to leave the show.
I figured if this was happening to me so much, it had to be happening to others.
I began to talk about it, mostly with friends and in online groups. I knew I had to be brave and talk about this issue as much as I could.
In the fall of 2016, there was an incident at a show in Las Vegas where someone was groped and it created a loud online discussion, as it should have. This prompted me to extend the conversation outside of my trusted circles. With a background in Psychology, human behavior fascinated me but I was also sick of people hurting others.
I created a thread in a large internet forum and the response was overwhelming. There was a variety of responses ranging from “I had NO idea this was happening” to “Thank you for addressing this" or "I didn’t realize I was assaulted until this conversation”. Some people mentioned that they were used to it or thought no one would believe them. This felt so wrong to me.
I learned so much from that research and those testimonials, not only how frequently this was happening but it happens while sober, in every music scene and to people of all genders. Instead of not going to shows anymore, I knew I had to stand for change.
Body safety is something that is taught in kindergarten and keeping your hands to yourself is expected to have been learned long ago. There are movements and campaigns that stress the importance of consent in many areas of our culture. Why should the music or entertainment scene be any different?
We now partner with bands, venues, promoters and groups to spread our message. GrooveSafe is a non profit focused on awareness, support for peers who have experienced violations and teaching bystander tips to make this shift in the culture.
The movement starts with awareness which will lead to changing behavior as well as protecting each other. Keep talking about this and look out for one another. This is a mission within the community, for the whole community, to better the community.
We look forward to putting an end to sexual assaults and unwanted touching at events.
I hear you and I believe you.
Ashley Driscoll, Founder
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