Festival Lawyer and a rad little feminista daughter. In , there was a report of a sexual assault of a 16 year old girl at Electric Zoo. Two sexual assaults were reported at the Made in America Festival. Three men allegedly sexually assaulted a teenage girl at Stagecoach in I have never been raped because I have never been with a rapist.
At the edge of the crowd that has started to mass in front of a sprawling soundsystem, cigarette smoke is mingling with paint fumes as a punk girl wearing a black tutu rapidly spray paints on one of the basement walls. As the siren blares out a raver carrying a torch and wearing a camouflage jacket walks methodically through the tangle of people on the dancefloor, stopping at certain points to gaffer-tape black bin sacks over the smoke detectors that are dotted across the low ceiling of the basement. Seconds after the final smoke detector is taped up the alarm abruptly cuts out, leaving the bass to swirl through the smoke and paint fumes uninterrupted. Over the last decade, as licensing requirements in the capital have become more onerous and the number of legitimate nightclubs in London has halved, illegal raves have seen a renaissance.
Your child wants to go to a rave. Raves range in size from a few hundred attendees to several thousand, but the format is usually the same: Raves are dance parties that begin late at night and continue into the morning hours. They feature fast-paced, repetitive electronic music and light shows. Participants dance vigorously for hours.
I was talking to an acquaintance this weekend and somehow the subject turned to legal raves. He is worried about her because of her age and all the drug problems in her family. When I was in high school raves were underground and held in random warehouses. These types of raves are still around in addition to raves that are legal, advertised and heavily promoted. Ravers will tell you it is not about the drugs, but about the music and the positive vibe.