We are excited to announce the launch of the Harm Reduction Circle's new initiative, the Inner Circle Sanctuary, which will be available at music festivals and other nightlife events starting in 2023. Our mission is to provide a safe and inclusive space for festival attendees, staff, and performers, and to offer support for mental health-related issues. The Inner Circle Sanctuary will be staffed by peer-experienced professionals who understand the importance of a non-judgmental environment and will serve as a liaison between harm reduction and medical services.
We believe that our new initiative will help to promote a culture of consent, safety, and respect at festivals, and we look forward to partnering with event organizers to make this a reality. Providing a safe and inclusive space for festival-goers is crucial for promoting a positive and healthy culture at music festivals. It's also important to prioritize mental health and provide support for those who may be struggling. Having peer-experienced professionals staff the Inner Circle Sanctuary is a great idea, as they will be able to relate to attendees and provide a non-judgmental and supportive environment. Liaising with harm reduction and medical services is also important for addressing any potential issues that may arise. Partnering with event organizers to make this initiative a reality is key, as it will require collaboration and communication to ensure that the Inner Circle Sanctuary is integrated into the festival experience in a meaningful and effective way. Overall, this is a great step towards creating a safer and more inclusive festival culture, and we hope that it will inspire other organizations to prioritize the well-being of festival-goers as well.
II. The Sanctuary
A. The Inner Circle Sanctuary is set up in our main 10ftx20ft space and is designed to be a haven of peace and tranquility, providing guests with a safe and comfortable environment. The inflatable seating and rugs create a soft and cozy atmosphere, and the ambient mood lighting enhances the calming effect. The inflatable seating can easily convert into a full-size bed, making it a comfortable place to rest and relax. The decor in The Sanctuary is carefully chosen to create a welcoming and nurturing environment, with fuzzy blankets and pillows adding an extra layer of comfort. Guests are encouraged to make themselves at home and take advantage of the warm and inviting atmosphere. Whether seeking emotional support or simply taking a break from the stresses of daily life, The Sanctuary is the perfect place to unwind and recharge.
B. In addition to The Sanctuary, we have a second optional space that measures 10ftx10ft. This space is specifically designed for individuals who require individual attention or medical triage and is used on a case-by-case basis. The space is essentially a replica of our Inner Circle Sanctuary, with similar inflatable seating and rugs that create a comfortable and safe environment. It provides a private and secure space for those who need privacy or medical attention and can be much less intimidating than a traditional medical facility.
C. The Sanctuary is staffed by peer-experienced professionals who provide mental health support and promote a non-judgmental environment. Our team understands the importance of creating a safe and inclusive space and can assist guests in navigating harm reduction and medical services.
D. The Sanctuary serves as a liaison between harm reduction and medical services for guests who need medical attention. Our team can assist guests in navigating these services and ensure they receive appropriate care.
E. The Sanctuary is available 24/7 for the duration of the event to ensure guests have access to support and resources whenever they need it. Our hours may be limited based on volunteer support, or the needs of the event.
III. Importance of Consent, Safety, and Respect
A. Explanation of consent in the context of sexual activity
Consent is crucial when engaging in sexual activity. It is essential to have an explicit and enthusiastic agreement from all parties involved.
B. Emphasis that any sexual contact without consent is illegal
Any sexual contact without consent is illegal and unacceptable. Event organizers must prioritize creating a safe and inclusive environment for all guests.
C. Highlight that it is okay to say no or change your mind
It is okay to say no or change your mind at any point during sexual activity. Everyone has the right to set their boundaries and have them respected.
D. Importance of safety and protection at festivals
Event organizers must prioritize the safety and protection of all guests at festivals. Measures should be put in place to prevent incidents of sexual assault and harassment.
E. Importance of modeling a culture of respect within a festival community
It is essential to model a culture of respect within the festival community. All guests must treat each other with dignity and respect, regardless of their backgrounds.
F. Ways to look out for each other and be aware of how our behavior can affect others, including respecting personal space and verbal and bodily clues
Event organizers must educate guests on how to look out for each other and be aware of how their behavior can affect others. This includes respecting personal space and verbal and bodily cues.
G. Importance of keeping friends in line if they behave inappropriately
Guests must hold their friends accountable if they behave inappropriately. Event organizers must communicate this expectation to guests and encourage a culture of accountability.
H. Recognizing that some people may not immediately be comfortable with strangers and being sensitive to the fact that things may be taken the wrong way when intoxicated
It is essential to recognize that some people may not immediately be comfortable with strangers and to be sensitive to the fact that things may be taken the wrong way when intoxicated. Event organizers must create an environment that is safe and inclusive for all guests.
I. Importance of seeking confidential advice and support if feeling upset and needing to talk to the welfare team
Guests must be encouraged to seek confidential advice and support if they feel upset or need to talk to the welfare team. Event organizers must communicate this resource to guests and ensure it
The Harm Reduction Circle's Inner Circle Sanctuary is committed to creating a safe and inclusive festival environment for all guests. We understand the importance of harm reduction strategies, mental health support, and providing a space for guests to seek help when needed. Our Sanctuary is staffed by peer-experienced professionals who provide non-judgmental mental health support and serve as a liaison between harm reduction and medical services.
We emphasize the importance of consent, safety, and respect at festivals. It is crucial to model a culture of respect within the festival community and look out for each other. We encourage everyone to seek confidential advice and support if feeling upset or needing to talk to the welfare team.
Festivals have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for customers, staff, and performers. Every allegation of sexual assault or violence is taken seriously, and a survivor-led approach underpinned with policies, procedures, and training is essential. Reporting and disclosure procedures are clear and robust, and staff and volunteers are provided with training on how to proactively monitor and deal with incidents of sexual assault and harassment.
The Harm Reduction Circle's Inner Circle Sanctuary is committed to promoting and upholding best practices to address incidents of sexual assault or harassment and ensuring safe and inclusive festival spaces. We encourage everyone to be active bystanders and model a culture of respect, safety, and inclusivity.
If you are interested in learning more about our harm reduction measures or how to bring the Inner Circle Sanctuary to your next event, please visit our website at https://www.harmreductioncircle.org/eventservices.
Introducing the Inner Circle Sanctuary 2023_ Promoting a Culture of Consent, Safety, & Res
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