Newswire: Speedy Ortiz establishes hotline for fans who feel unsafe at its shows

In 2000, Sleater-Kinney addressed the need to create safe spaces at rock shows in the song “#1 Must Have”: “And will there always be concerts where women are raped / Watch me make up my mind instead of my face / The number one must have / Is that we are safe.” Those lyrics were a reaction to a widely publicized series of sexual assaults that took place at Woodstock ’99, including two that took place in the mosh pit during Limp Bizkit and Korn’s sets. And this sort of violence continues, like the concert last year where Staind frontman Aaron Lewis stopped his band’s set to berate concertgoers who were groping a young woman as she crowd surfed. (These are just a few of many depressing examples.)

Now Speedy Oritz has taken up the banner of show safety, although the band is not limiting its efforts to preventing sexual assault …

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