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Pitchfork Music Festival Announces Partnership to Combat Sexual Violence

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General atmosphere during the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival at Union Park on July 18, 2014 in Chicago. 

The Chicago event will partner with RAINN, the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the U.S.

In an effort to raise awareness and help prevent sexual assault and violence within the music community, the Pitchfork Music Festival is partnering with RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the United States.

As part of the agreement, Pitchfork will donate a portion of ticket sales from the July 20-22 in Chicago event to RAINN, which works with more than 1,000 local sexual assault prevention groups across the country, and has helped more than 2.5 million people since 1994.

“Our objective is to shine a spotlight on RAINN as a first-responder resource for the Pitchfork community, at the festival, in Chicago, and more broadly for our readership,” said Adam Krefman, senior director of festivals at Pitchfork in a statement. “It’s crucial that we continue to bring attention to the issue of sexual violence in the music industry and beyond, and we believe that our alignment with RAINN will make a positive impact."

RAINN representatives will be on site at the festival to answer questions and provide information about the organization’s work. Fans and musicians taking part in the 2018 festival are encouraged to participate in RAINN’s initiative by sharing pictures with the organization’s hashtag #StandWithRAINN. Pitchfork Music Festival 2018 also will have an onsite Resource and Response Center, which will serve as a centralized area for licensed counselors and security staff to respond in scenarios that may require services outside of typical security or medical response. That includes instances of sexual harassment or trauma, racial and LGBTQ sensitivity matters and crowd-related anxiety.

Additionally, Pitchfork Music Festival will have signs posted throughout the festival grounds highlighting its zero-tolerance policy toward all forms of harassment and discrimination, along with clear directions on how and where attendees can seek help.

Learn more at pitchforkmusicfestival.com.

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