Association for Electronic Music Launches Confidential Sexual Harassment Support
This year became a cultural reckoning for victims of sexual harassment and assault, and their attackers. No industry seems without shame as women continue to stand up and accuse their rapists, indecent bosses and perverted peers. TIME Magazine named these women Person of the Year, and now, the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) wants to get in the fight.
As we begin 2018, AFEM launches a confidential support service, in partnership with trained professionals from workplace care provider Health Assured, to provide advice and guidance to anyone whose been affected by sexual harassment or assault on the job.
“Since its formation, AFEM has championed equality and inclusion as vital foundations of our industry, and we unequivocally condemn sexual abuse and harassment of any kind," AFEM CEO Mark Lawrence is quoted in a press release. "To step forward as a victim of abuse or harassment takes immense courage and we will support all who need help and guidance."
As a not-for-profit trade association, AFEM creates a unified voice and lobbying union for the electronic music industry, identifying issues and finding solutions, creating a stronger presence for the industry as a whole. AFEM represents the interests of record labels, managers, promoters, publishers, clubs and more, with more than 150 members that include Live Nation, CAA, Three Six Zero, Red Light Management and Defected.
In 2018, AFEM will launch a code of conduct to better ensure that all its members reach a high standard of inclusion, understanding and behavior.
"While I’ve been lucky enough not to have had problems with sexual harassment throughout my career, I know the experiences of other females working in the music industry has been very different," DJ, producer, radio show host and label owner Anja Schneider is quoted. "This behavior has become normalized over the years and needs to be called out at every opportunity. No form of sexual harassment or abuse is ever OK. We need to be vocal and stand as one -- both women and men -- to send the message this is not acceptable. And also very importantly, to ensure the guilty perpetrators are held responsible for their actions. The time to stand up is now.”
“There is no level of sexual harassment, assault or misconduct that we shouldn’t be outraged about," Member and DJ Nicole Moudaber is continues. "Women were made to feel throughout history that this behavior is normal, well not anymore.”
If anyone in the industry has been effected by sexual harassment or assault and would like to receive care or support, they can call Health Assured within the U.K. at 0800-030-5182, or outside the U.K. at +44-800-030-5182.