For those who are following our Twitter accounts may have noticed that we were tagged publicly in a post about how “We do not take sexual violence seriously, and that we had zero issue letting a camper like this into the festival campground.”
This photo (above) was sent to us in 2019 with an attached complaint via Twitter and Email sent in July 2019. We looked into when this photo would have been posted, where and if it was in fact in 2019.
After locating when this image was originally posted and where, we are reporting the following information. It is a photo of a camper that had come into our grounds during Countryfest 2011 completely clean, and was later vandalized by a friend of the camper owner in 2011 after our gates volunteers had let the camper into the festival grounds. The person that had tagged us in this post had released the account to us after we had asked where this photo was found. The captions state that the camper was vandalized in 2011.
Dauphin’s Countryfest and its Board of Directors and Staff does not support this culture, or this act of violence. We would love to think that all of our festival patrons feel safe on the grounds of the festival site. However, we are not naive to think that sexual violence does not occur at our festival and other festivals around the world.
If someone is a victim to sexual assault during Countryfest weekend it is important to report this to our First Aid. There are two locations, one located by the lower Main Amphitheatre Entrance, and one in the Lower Campground Area by the 24 hour Security Station. Those to be found committing any form of harassment or assault would be immediately removed from the grounds and have their wristband revoked, with the possibility of local law enforcement getting involved as required.
Dauphin’s Countryfest is also open to other ideas of how we can become more involved in promoting sexual health and preventing sexual violence at our festival so that we can keep a safe environment for our patrons year after year.