What started the #CalledOut campaign?
“I started the Called-Out campaign to address the prominent issue of abuse within the creative industries. Suffering with PTSD from my own experience of being taken advantage of at the age of 17/18, it is definitely a message close to my heart – this behaviour should not and will not be tolerated. Calling out isn’t to blacklist or cancel individuals using emotionally/physically abusive behaviours, but rather it is to address these behaviours and normalise survivors coming out about their experiences.
These men in a position of power and status within the creative industries need to take accountability for their actions and change how they enable the mindset. Abuse is normalised in the name of ‘art’ and this is so messed up. Educating men in these positions is the main purpose and getting them to call out their friends’ behaviours as well as their own will be my main focus.”
What’s next on the cards for #CalledOut post Covid?
“Well I love the artwork Mollie Casey produced for me, so the next step is merch. With the profits, we want to be able to fund the anti-spiking campaign. In addition, having the Called Out logo being seen on nights out might give other girls more comfort. Seeing active support and the logo around you could also prevent people from acting on their abusive thoughts if they know their peers will recognise and call out their abusive behaviours. We have some plans to address specific careers in the creative industries e.g. bands, photographers and tattoo artists.
We want to give a platform to the victims and survivors so we can advocate for a safer gig and nightlife culture.”
What else can be done in the fight for a safer industry?
“Venues are trying to prevent assault but personally, I do not think they are doing enough. They need to reinforce the anti-abuse message through not working with abusers and put preventative measures in place that tackle issues head on.
People also need to recognise microaggressions in the creative industries that aren’t noticed.
Misogyny is a clear issue in every career path but the way a lot of men in the industry treat their female colleagues, employers and fans is just totally unacceptable. However, it has become the norm, and this disgusts me – I didn’t even realise that I was abused until a long time after because I thought what happened to me ‘came with the job’.”