CONTENT WARNING: The following article discusses sexual abuse
Perth metal masters Make Them Suffer have taken a powerful stand against sexual abuse at gigs, after their keyboardist Booka Nile was indecently assaulted by a fan at one of the band’s recent European shows.
“Tonight our keyboardist, Booka was groped by an audience member who crowd surfed onto stage,” the band wrote on Twitter.
“We are a united front who want to say that this behaviour repugnant and unacceptable. Anyone who thinks this is in any way okay is not welcome at our shows.”
Nile has also taken to social media to echo the same sentiments, condemning the incident and this type of shitty behaviour in general.
“Tonight I was groped by a patron while I played on stage,” she wrote. “I am fucking pissed. I’m a person and this is my job. If you think it’s okay to come to my work and act with such gross disrespect then stay at home because you’re not fucking welcome at our shows.”
Meanwhile, in happier news, Make Them Suffer will return home later this month before kicking off a headline tour across Australia in June. Catch all the dates here.
If you need assistance, 1800 RESPECT – the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service — can be reached on 1800 737 732.
For help or information regarding mental health, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.
Tonight our keyboardist, Booka was groped by an audience member who crowd surfed onto stage. We are a united front who want to say that this behaviour repugnant and unacceptable. Anyone who thinks this is in any way okay is not welcome at our shows. https://t.co/B87H5HjXnu
— Make Them Suffer (@makethemsuffer) May 12, 2019