It looks like Falls is cracking down on sexual assaults and other naughty behaviour in the mosh pits, as plainclothes cops will be present at Tasmania’s Marion Bay leg in order to quell any potential incidents happening.
Last year, the festival was marred by two reported sexual assaults and one rape in the camping area.
Police have commented that they’ll be monitoring the pits for any suspicious activity, so don’t think that just because you’re packed in like a sardine that you’ll be able to gleefully dig into your brain candy.
Sexual Assault Support Services head Jill Maxwell very correctly said that even children can grasp the idea of keeping your hands to yourself, so it shouldn’t be that fucking hard for you gronks to stop assaulting those that have come to the festival to have a good time.
“The message really is for people to keep their hands to themselves — it would be really lovely to have a Falls Festival without any sexual abuse or any sexual harassment.
“Infants, five-year-olds are taught to keep their hands to themselves, and it just seems really difficult for some adults to understand that concept and I think it’s really important that we don’t accept that behaviour and report it,” she said.
Tasmania Police Senior Sergeant Troy Hodge also said that police stationed in those areas won’t be tolerating any bullshit.
“The mosh pit, yes it is designed for close contact, people crowding in. What we saw last year was deliberate acts of assaults and that’s the behaviour we don’t want to tolerate.
“We’d encourage anyone who sees that sort of behaviour to report it because the potential victims, or people involved at the time, may not be aware, may not know who did. So anyone who sees any behaviour like that is encouraged to come forward at the first opportunity and report it to Tasmania Police.
“Police will be there supervising — they might have a slight jig or two — but they’ll be just there supervising the mosh pit. Inappropriate behaviour or behaviour that makes someone feel uncomfortable won’t be tolerated.
Falls have spoken out in support of the measures ahead of the festival, which will kick off in Marion Bay on the 29th of December.
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