Headlined by Beyonce, Eminem and The Weeknd, one the global music calendar’s biggest events took place over the weekend. As a must-attend event for music fans and influencers worldwide, the festival doesn’t go without its seedy underbelly of bad behaviour.
A report was conducted by Teen Vogue investigating instances of sexual misconduct at the festival – a journalist named Vera Papisova interviewed 54 women at the festival, all of who had been sexually harassed in some form.
The story features anecdotal evidence from victims who provide recounts of their day so recall non-consensual behaviour.
A 21-year-old named Aaliyah was quoted as saying, “Me and my friends were just dancing yesterday during the Weeknd’s set. A few guys came over and just poked us and started dancing with us and wouldn’t leave us alone.”
“They kind of swarmed us. Then one was putting his face in our face, seeing if we’d kiss him, but he went down the line. I think they think that since we wear what we want to wear, they are entitled to touch us.”
Papisocva also recalls that during the 10 hours she spent reporting, she was groped 22 times.
“During the 10 hours I was reporting on this story, I was groped 22 times,” she wrote.