One of the most powerful weapons we have in our collective fight against sexual violence is our voices.
So all hail the lead singer of British band Architects who has – rightly – been named a hero, after stopping the band’s show to call out a man who he saw sexually assault a woman in the audience.
Halting the band’s set at the Lowlands music festival in The Netherlands last Friday, Sam Carter slammed the “disgusting” incident and described how he saw the man “grab at” the breast of a woman who was crowdsurfing.
He went on to make his feelings on the issue perfectly clear with an expletive-filled speech, in which he blasted the “piece of s**t” assaulter and insisted that such behaviour has no place at music festivals.
Addressing the crowd, Carter said into his microphone, “I've been going over in my f**king mind about whether I should say something or not about what I saw in that last song, and do you know what, I'm gonna f**king say it.
“I saw a girl, a woman, crowdsurfing over here, and I'm not going to f**king point the piece of s**t out who did it, but I saw you f**king grab at her boob. It is f**king disgusting, and there is no f**king place for that s**t.”
Seemingly encouraged by cheers and whistles from the assembled festival-goers, he continued: “It is not your f**king body.
“It is not your f**king body and you do not f**king grab at someone! Not at my f**king show!”
“If you feel like doing that again, walk out there and f**k off and don't come back,” he added to the unidentified culprit. “Let's keep this going, let's keep this a f**king safe place for everybody, and let's have a f**king good time.”
A clip of the speech was recorded by a fan and shared on Twitter (above), where it quickly went viral, amassing over 20,000 likes and almost 10,000 retweets so far.
And the impact of the moment was obvious from the positive comments that flooded in from Twitter users grateful that the shaming of a sexual assaulter was being given such a public platform.
“This was very important and meaningful. Please continue to do this work,” wrote one user.
“Thank you for saying something, it makes me so happy to see that people are talking about this issue instead of ignoring it,” added another.
Our sentiments exactly.