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“Have some respect”: Falls Festival condemns sexual assaults at event

The organisers of Falls Festival have gone on record to say they’re “saddened and disturbed” by allegations of sexual assault at their Marion Bay event.

Five women said they were assaulted during the three-day New Year’s festival, with two of the incidents occurring in the mosh pit on the opening night of the festival. The incidents are now being investigated by police.

Now in a post to their Facebook page last night, Falls organisers have condemned the assaults. “Like everyone else we are disgusted and angry that some people feel they can inappropriately touch others without their consent,” they wrote. “We would like to see the conversation turn from telling our women and girls to be on guard and vigilant, to telling our boys and men to have some respect and stop taking these liberties.”

“We are doing everything in our power to assist the Tasmanian Police and hope these perpetrators are caught.” Read their full post below.

The reports of sexual assault followed a crowd crush at the festival’s Lorne event that injured 60 people, with 19 transported to hospital.

The Falls Festival statement in full

“The safety and wellbeing of our Festivals patrons is of utmost importance to us. We cannot comment on this as it is now a police matter, we are deeply saddened and disturbed by these allegations.

Everybody has the right to move through life – not just at a music festival, but everywhere – free to feel safe and confident to enjoy their surroundings. Like everyone else we are disgusted and angry that some people feel they can inappropriately touch others without their consent. We would like to see the conversation turn from telling our women and girls to be on guard and vigilant, to telling our boys and men to have some respect and stop taking these liberties.

We work closely with the Police; Ambulance; Fire and other emergency service providers; security and other community services to provide the best and safest possible experience for our patrons. We are doing everything in our power to assist the Tasmanian Police and hope these perpetrators are caught. Our thoughts are with the alleged victims and their families at this time. If you have any information regarding these incidents please contact Bellerive CIB on 03 6173 2899 or via email [email protected]

Photo credit: Ian Laidlaw