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Gendered Responses to Gendered Harms: Sexual Violence and Bystander Intervention at Australian Music Festivals.

Authors
  • Baillie, Greta1
  • Fileborn, Bianca2
  • Wadds, Phillip1
  • 1 University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 2 University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. , (Australia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Violence against women
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2022
Volume
28
Issue
3-4
Pages
711–739
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/10778012211012096
PMID: 34157909
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Bystander intervention has shown promise in preventing sexual violence in certain social contexts. Despite emerging evidence of pervasive sexual violence at music festivals, no research has considered bystander intervention in this setting. Drawing on an online survey conducted with 371 Australian festival attendees, we explore the role of gender on bystander intervention at music festivals. Findings point to significant gender differences, with women more willing and likely to intervene in a broader range of scenarios. We argue that responses to sexual violence are a collective responsibility shared by both women and men, as well as festival organizers and industry bodies.

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