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Music scene should be free from sexual harassment–Risa

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Senator Risa Hontiveros hopes that the music scene remains a “free and safe “space for everyone–men, women, gays and lesbians and transgender individuals alike.

She said “no one should come to a place of joy, art and fellowship under the shadow of fear, pressure and abuse.” The Senate has yet to pass the Safe Streets and Public Spaces Bill.

“We should never be afraid to say ‘no,’ we should never be afraid to call out harassment not only when we experience it. Pero lalong lalo na kung nakikita natin itong ginagawa sa iba,” Hontiveros said.

“Kahit hindi ako musician, I love music. And alam ko na for music to be music, it must be free, and the people who make it should be free to be themselves,” she said.

The senator added, “Music, gaya ng pagsusulat, o paggawa ng peilikula, o pagpinta, is an expression of oneself.”

“And the independent music scene, to my mind, should be a safe space for the entire community, but most especially for women and for members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community,” she said.