Mirth Films had an opportunity to sit with Ashley and discuss the history of the movement, what it means to her and what the goal of the initiative is for the future. These can be hard conversations to have, but awareness is the first step toward prevention.
ISABELLA GOMEZ, Consequence of Sound
For activist Ashley Driscoll, the steps Coachella is taking resonate with a much-needed dialogue within live music spaces. After facing constant unwanted touching at shows, Driscoll founded a group called GrooveSafe in 2017 that aims to “redefine consent culture” and raise awareness about body safety for all genders across all genres of concerts.
Mirth Fims, (Writer: Emily VanderWiel)
“Keep your hands to yourself,” this is something we are taught as early as preschool, and sometimes in certain situations there is an apparent need to remind ourselves of this. Living in a digital age where boundaries and personal connections are commonly overlooked or forgotten, it has become incredibly important to be purposeful in our social interactions. It happens too much; unwanted touching, invasion of personal space and outright sexual assault. From this realization that more awareness was needed, GrooveSafe was born.
She Shreds Magazine, Isabella Gomez
"After starting an online discussion about the groping that would sometimes happen at shows, Phish fan Ashley Driscoll launched GrooveSafe, an initiative that partners with bands, venues, and promoters to set up a booth educating concert-goers about sexual assault. "
Weird Music, Kelley Lauginiger,
The lights go down. Tardy wooks scuttle abound to get in position, but you’re in the pocket in a good spot with your crew, ready to rock. Maybe you have a boa on. Maybe you are wearing sunglasses inside. It’s time to leave the world behind for awhile and dance about it. But, a few notes in, you notice that the hand brushing your backside and grabbing you isn’t just someone dancing or one of your friends, and bottom-line: you’re not interested. It’s dark and loud, and you don’t want to cause a scene, so you just try to dance away. Just as you start to get comfortable again, the resounding groping grows. You’re being touched again, when you don’t want to be touched
Myfavoriteband Blog, Allie Wenner
We’re in the midst of the #MeToo movement, and organizations across a variety of industries are starting to crack down on sexual violence — but concert venues and music festivals appear to be among the last remaining holdouts. Why are so few bands, venues, and promoters speaking out or taking steps to strengthen their policies when these actions are becoming the norm in other parts of society? Allie Wenner interviews artists, fans, and sexual violence prevention experts involved in two very different music scenes to find out.
Live For Live Music, Ming Lee Newcomb
Increasingly, sexual assault, misconduct, and harassment has flooded the news following the viral #MeToo movement as well as with a recent flurry of accusations against celebrities. However, it’s not just high-profile personalities who have overstepped boundaries or committed acts of sexual violence against unwilling participants. Rather, being the victim of inappropriate and unwanted sexual contact is an insidious occurrence for a large portion of the population during daily life, and both men and women can share stories of being inappropriately touched at shows.
NYS Music, Ally Dean
It’s a Saturday night in your city and people all over town are making plans to hit up the most popular music venue to catch a prominent local band. Groups of friends meetup beforehand to plan outfits, shoot the shit or convince each other to stop hermitting and be social. On this particular night, all walks of life turn up to see the band, and it’s a blast. The room is alive with energy, nearly everyone is dancing. Most people leave at the end of the night feeling invigorated. But there are a few music-goers whose night was clouded by discomfort. Why? Because another human inappropriately laid their hand on them without consent.