This Way Up conference tackles the elephant in the room

We were proud to be able to connect two Crystlsd clients this month, Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland joined This Way Up 17 to talk about safeguarding for women at film festivals and events in light of the Harvey Weinstein revelations in the media. 

This article by Indie Wire outlined how film festivals were a backdrop for sexual assault, and as such the team at This Way Up 17 felt it was essential to address how we can all do more to ensure this culture isn't allowed to go unchecked.

 Left to right: Jess Veal (BSL interpreter), Melanie Iredale (Sheffield Doc/Fest), Maxime Rowson (Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland), Helen Thackeray (Hull UK City of Culture), Mat Steel (Sheffield Doc/Fest) and Tracey Ford (Sheffield Council)

Left to right: Jess Veal (BSL interpreter), Melanie Iredale (Sheffield Doc/Fest), Maxime Rowson (Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland), Helen Thackeray (Hull UK City of Culture), Mat Steel (Sheffield Doc/Fest) and Tracey Ford (Sheffield Council)

Maxime Rowson, who volunteers for Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland and is also a Researcher for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in Northumbria, Vera Baird; spoke of the importance of treating those who come forward with dignity and respect, Helen Thackeray also reiterated those sentiments, pinpointing the moment at which someone discloses an assault to you as one of the single most important moments in that person's life to date, and how training is essential to ensure staff can deal with this appropriately. 

All of the panellists reiterated the need to work with local authorities, councils, the emergency services, and other organisations which may have examples of best practice, and can help to create a safer environment for staff members and guests.

Read a write up of the session over on Screen Daily.