According to the Los Angeles Times, Coachella has announced the launch of Every One, which is a new initiative they’re running to combat assault and harassment at the festival.
“We are pushing ourselves and our guests to do better and to be better,” the Every One section on the Coachella website reads. “We are taking deliberate steps to develop a festival culture that is safe and inclusive for everyone. Persons of any gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, age or ability are welcome at Coachella.”
The statement goes on to highlight that Coachella will not tolerate any form of harassment or assault, whether its verbal, physical, or sexual. If any festival attendee is found in violation of the policy, they may be removed from the site immediately and law enforcement could be informed of the situation.
We’re taking steps to develop a festival culture that is safe and inclusive for everyone. #everyone
-? tolerance harassment/assault
-roaming safety ambassadors
-tents with trained counselors
-all gender bathrooms
— ben silver (@BenjaminASilver) January 4, 2019
“Trained Safety Ambassadors” will also be on site to provide care services for any attendees in distress at Every One tents, where there will be trained counselors for “anyone that needs extra support or a quiet moment away.” Additionally, there will be all-gender restrooms on the grounds.
The announcement comes following reports of widespread sexual misconduct at the festival last year, when Coachella did not have any language on its website specifically regarding sexual assault or harassment.
Lead photo courtesy of Jason Persse.