Staying Safe at Warped Tour

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There was supposed to be another band today for the Women in Music series, but they’re actually on the tour right now and were unable to get their answers back to me in time. Which is okay, I get it. Warped Tour is one of the most grueling tours you can partake in whether you’re a band performing or selling merch or on the stage crew. Everyone’s body and mind is taking a toll, but that’s not what we’re here to talk about. With a spot left open, I wanted to take a minute or two to talk about safety at Warped this summer and all festivals for that matter because in recent years there have been far too many sexual assaults happening during this summer festival and that shit needs to stop. In the words of Cyndi Lauper, “Girls just wanna have fun,” and that doesn’t mean being harassed while they pay almost $50 to sit out in the sun to watch some bands. So ladies heading out this summer – here are five ways to stay safe.

Don’t Run Off with Someone You Don’t Know

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Even if their picture is on your wall and you follow them religiously on Twitter – you don’t really know them, so don’t run off with them and think it’ll be a-okay.

Stay with a Friend

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It might sound cliche, but there is safety in numbers.

Carry Pepper Spray

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One spray to the face gives you enough time to escape a bad situation.

Always Have Your Phone Ready to Call for Help

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There isn’t a person alive who isn’t attached to their phone, so I know most will have them in their hand or within arm’s reach. Make sure you have it ready to go if anything should go south.

Don’t Be Scared to Speak Up

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If something happens, make sure to speak up about it. Concert security may look useless, and if they prove to be – ask them to get you someone from the actual tour to talk to. If something happens, it is never your fault and that person should be punished for their actions.

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