Rape will not be tolerated at “Besta Útihátíðin”.









Here’s a translation of the article “Nauðganir verða ekki liðnar á Bestu hátíðinni” which appeared today on visir.is.

Click here to read the article  on visir.is

Rape will not be tolerated at “Besta Útihátíðin”

Vísir Local News 06. july 2011 15:54


Quarashi is playing at Besta Útihátíðin. Picture/ ÞÖK

Jón Hákon Halldórsson writes:

Violence, and specifically sexual violence, will not be tolerated at “Besta Útihátíðin” which will be held next week end. This is clearly expressed in a collective statement from the people behind the festival and the band Quarashi, which will be playing at the festival. Quarashi intends to donate 500.000 crowns of the money they will make from the festival to “Stígamót” (an Education and Counseling Center for Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Violence in Iceland). The festival will be held next week-end.

“Seeing as there will be up to 10 thousand people coming together at “Besta Útihátíðin”, it’s the dream of the directors of the festival and of the bands that will be playing there that everyone will be able to walk away from it proudly and happily. Above all their collective dream is that everyone who will be attending the festival will be able to prove and show that rough violent crime does not have to be a permanent fixture when it comes to outdoor festivals like this one,” says the statement of Quarashi and the people behind “Besta Útihátíðin.”

“One rape, one violent act is one too many,” they add.

The statement from “Besta Útihátíðin” and Quarashi reads as follows:

Many times a year there is news of one or more rapes that have taken place at festivals and outdoors-festivals and just as often these violent crimes have been described in the media as “a nasty affair at an otherwise wonderful festival” The spokesmen of “Besta Útihátíðin”, the band Quarashi, as well as other bands performing at the festival, wish to stress heavily that violence, and especially sexual violence, will not be tolerated at the festival.

Seeing as there will be up to 10 thousand people coming together at “Besta Útihátíðin” it’s the dream of the directors of the festival and of the bands that will be playing there that everyone will be able to walk away from it proudly and happily. Above all their collective dream is that everyone who will be attending the festival will be able to prove and show that rough violent crime does not have to be a permanent fixture when it comes to outdoor festivals like this one. “One rape, one act of violence is one too many.

“Nei hópurinn” (The No Group) has been operating since 2003 and has been going to outdoors-festivals from the beginning to draw attention to the severity of rape and to prevent that such violent acts be committed.
The spokesmen of “Besta Útihátíðin” are thankful to the No-movement for showing up at the festival and being visible to all the guests of the festivals and they wish for the movements message to be as prominent as possible in the midst of all the music and rejoicing.

The Band Quarashi also intends to give a 500 thousand Icelandic crowns of their own salary from the festival to “Stígamót”.(an Education and Counseling Center for Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Violence in Iceland).

 

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