"United Sound" benefit concert for sexual assault victims, replaces Datsik show
Allegations of sexual assaulted canceled a concert Wednesday night in Iowa City. But people decided to take the open spot and turn it into a fundraiser.
All proceeds of tonight's concert will be going to the UI Rape Victim Advocacy Program. The booking manager Lucas Froeschner says he found it necessary to do in order to flip the narrative.
"I grew up with two sisters and my mom," said Froeschner. "I can't believe anyone would disrespect a woman like that."
Froeschner says he, like many other Datsick fans, felt disappointed when the sexual assault allegations first came to light.
Now he wants to do something.
"Instead of talking online we could do something to change it so hopefully this helps," said Froeschner.
He's not the only one. Blind Studios Lighting owner Eric Baker is donating his lights and time to tonight's event.
"People don't really put in the effort to making the changes it's all a slap on the wrist or they say they're sorry and that's it," said Baker.
The proceeds will go to keeping the doors open and advocates available at the Rape Victim Advocacy Program.
"I feel like these things have been going on for years and I think that it's kind of ridiculous that it keeps happening," said Baker. "I think it just shows a lack of effort and culture in the community."
It's something the organization says they're grateful for.
"That's where change happens," said UI Rape Victim Advocacy Program Executive Director Adam Robinson. "It happens peer to peer."
Robinson says with the rise in tension from movements like #Metoo and #TimesUp, demonstrations like these help the right people unite to strengthen unity in years to come.
"There's only so many classrooms and individuals that we can connect with," said Robinson. "The impact really is about training folks to bring about change in their circles of influence."
"It should be a given but some people don't know certain fine lines and raising awareness," said Froeschner.