Public Space One event aims to end rape culture

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Not In My Community: Music To Destroy Rape Culture!

Public Space One — Mon. Apr. 11, 6-10 p.m.

End Street Harassment Iowa City, in collaboration with other community organizations, will be hosting an evening of music, poetry, bystander training and other activities as part of an international effort to combat gender-based violence, Monday at Public Space One.

Not In My Community: Music To Destroy Rape Culture is a free event, starting at 6 p.m., and kicks off International End Street Harassment Week in Iowa City.

“We sought out artists and bands we knew had political and social conscience, would feel passionately about the issue and would draw a crowd that matches their passion,” Keegan O’Malley, one of the organizers, said.

In addition to music and poetry, the Women’s Resource and Action Center will conduct bystander intervention classes for people interested in ending street harassment and rape culture in their community.

Photo by Nigsby
Photo by Nigsby

Co-organizer Stella Hart, administrator of the Iowa City chapter of End Street Harassment, said, ”We live in a society that teaches ‘don’t get raped’ instead of ‘don’t rape.'”

The event will feature music from Starry Nights, Maiden Mars, Alien Girls, Asher Brown and Shutup with spoken word performances from Kassia Lisinski and Justin Comer. The Rape Victim Advocacy Program, Women’s Resource Action Center, Transformative Healing, Amani and the Domestic Violence Intervention Program will also have information booths with resources available for visitors.

“This show, and the rest of International End Street Harassment Week, must not be seen as anything more than a starting point,” said O’Malley, “If we are going to even think about changing our society’s views on sexual assault or ‘destroy rape culture,’ it’s going to take work, persistence, time and plenty of all three. The arts, the music, are simply tools to amplify our voices, and our grievances.”

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