Association for Electronic Music Takes Aim at Sexual Harassment

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2017 will be remembered as the year sexual predators — Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Donald Trump — were brought down for abusing power and acting like pieces of garbage toward others.

While allegations have rocked politics and the film industry, several artists have come forward in recent weeks with their tales of harassment, providing details about horrific indignations they’ve suffered and kept quiet.

In October, Alice Glass, former singer for Crystal Castles, released a detailed, highly graphic statement claiming ex-bandmate Ethan Kath (real name: Claudio Palmieri) abused her since the age of 15.

Björk posted a lengthy account on Facebook about being harassed by an unnamed Danish filmmaker.

In lieu of the #metoo campaign, the Association for Electronic Music, a nonprofit trade group, have launched a confidential support service (800 030 5182; outside the UK: +44 800 030 5182), in partnership with workplace care provider Health Assured, to “provide advice and guidance to anyone whose been affected by sexual harassment or assault on the job.”

In 2018, AFEM will release a code of conduct for organizations to adopt in order to aim to reach the highest standards of behavior.

Obligatory press release gush from AFEM CEO Mark Lawrence: “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. To step forward as a victim of abuse or harassment takes immense courage and we will support all who need help and guidance.”

Added DJ/producer/radio shot and label manager B Traits: “Without exception, every woman I know has either been the victim of sexual harassment or supported their closest friend through the aftermath. The most difficult thing to do is speak up and report it. If you are someone who has suffered from sexual harassment, I encourage you to call this safe and confidential helpline so that you can begin to heal and those who assault and harass can face the consequences of their actions.”

Yehouda Silverman

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