The lead singer of British band Architects has been lauded after he called out a man for sexually assaulting a woman in the crowd. The singer, Sam Carter, was performing with his band at the Lowlands Festival 2017 in Biddinghuizen, the Netherlands, when he witnessed the act.
When the song ended, he told the crowd, “So I’ve been going over in my f***ing mind about whether I should say something or not about what I saw in that last song. And you know what? I’m gonna f***ing say it.”
He addressed the man in the crowd and said, “I saw a girl – a woman – crowd-surfing over here and I’m not gonna f***ing point the piece of s*** out that did it, but I saw you f***ing grab at her boob. I saw it, it’s f***ing disgusting, and there is no f***ing place for that s***.”
He continued, “It is not your f***ing body … and you do not f***ing grab at someone. Not at my f***ing show. So if you feel like doing that again, walk out there and f*** off and don’t come back.”
Here’s the expletive-free version: “I’ve been going over in my mind about whether I should say something about what I saw in that last song. And you know what? I’m going say it. I saw a girl – a woman – crowd-surfing over here and I’m not going to point out who did it, but I saw you grab at her boob. I saw it, it’s disgusting, and there’s no place for that. It’s not your body, and you do not grab at someone. Not at my show. So if you feel like doing that again, walk out there and don’t come back.”
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The crowd cheered vehemently as he continued to lambast the alleged groper for his actions. A Dutch radio channel, NPO 3FM, posted a video of Sam’s censure, and it quickly went viral, garnering more than 10,000 retweets and more than 22,000 likes, as the internet lauded him for standing up for what’s right.
— NPO 3FM (@3FM) August 18, 2017
Gigs should be a safe place for everyone to go to & love the music x
— Stephen Holt (@StephenEHolt) August 19, 2017
This world needs more men like you. ❤️?? I loved this.
— Cindy (@Cinderella_3277) August 19, 2017
This is exactly what we need – for someone to stand up against sexual assault instead of slut-shaming the victim or brushing it off and saying the girl should have seen it coming when she decided to crowd-surf. No one deserves to be sexually assaulted.
If you bear witness to a sexual assault, alert the police immediately. If you know someone who has been sexually assaulted and needs help, contact AWARE’s Sexual Assault Care Centre at 6779 0282.
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