At a party or music festival, in fact any social situation where there are crowds of people, emotions are amplified, and where there might be alcohol or drugs, it’s essential to ensure your behaviour remains respectful towards others.
Being affected by alcohol or other substances is no excuse for disrespectful, harassing, even abusive behaviour.
Regardless of the situation, everyone has the right to personal safety and respect. Impulsive decisions and behaviours can impact others right to enjoy themselves and that’s unfair and disrespectful.
Parties and festivals are meant to be fun, but they will only be fun if the people attending them make sure their behaviour is appropriate and respectful throughout the whole event.
Take a stand against disrespectful behaviour - it only takes one person to ruin an event, but it can also only take one person to challenge bad behaviour and maybe change things for the better.
When the environment makes it difficult to verbally communicate, paying attention to a person’s body language becomes really important.
Every time you do something to another person without their permission – leering, touching, groping – this is a non-consensual act.
Consent isn’t just about sex, it’s every little interaction.
Consent is permission to do something.
If you want to engage with someone, find a way to Stop Ask Listen and negotiate Yes No I Don’t Know sensitively and respectfully.
- A YES communicated verbally or by using body language applies to that decision only.
- A NO communicated verbally or by using body language must always be respected.
Yes Know I Don’t Know recognises that shared decisions involve someone else and require both people’s agreement:
- Parties, festivals and nightclubs combine friends and strangers, noise, darkness, dancing and alcohol: they basically put YNIDK on hard mode.
- There are all sorts of ways people try to communicate on crowded dance floors, with different levels of risk and respect.
- The safest way to begin is through shared eye contact.
- The touch-and-wave is a polite and vulnerable way to get someone’s attention.