Coachella unveils new initiative against sexual assault
“We are taking deliberate steps to develop a festival culture that is safe and inclusive for everyone. Persons of any gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, age or ability are welcome at Coachella,” stated the mega-festival upon launching brand new initiative, Every One.
Every One is a new effort to combat sexual harassment and assault that, unfortunately, has become a mainstay at music gatherings around the globe. In addition to encouraging guests to take more personal responsibility, Coachella will also be hiring trained Safety Ambassadors to roam the grounds throughout the weekend and help those in distress. There will also be tents set up where Ambassadors can provide counsel to guests.
The festival also reiterated its longtime stance on sexual assault: “Coachella will NOT tolerate any form of assault or harassment, be it sexual, physical or verbal. Anyone found to be in violation of this policy is subject to immediate removal from the festival site and law enforcement may be notified.”
Read more on the initiative here.