The Falls Music and Arts Festival has issued it's first statement in the wake of disturbing sexual assault allegations at the Tasmanian leg of the festival over New Years.
Five women have come forward with allegations of sexual assault at the Marion Bay festival, with police saying all the victims were aged in their teens and twenties.
Falls management released the following statement on Facebook last night, saying boys and men need to "have some respect and stop taking these liberties."
Police have confirmed two of the assaults took place in the mosh pit during Hot Dub Time Machine and Illy's sets. Worryingly, Police found that female witnesses and festival goers had the "understanding" that assault is just what happens in this sort of festival situation.
"It's quite clear that the general belief of a lot of young people is that being inappropriately touched by someone else is what happens in the mosh pit," Detective Inspector Steve Burk said according to ABC. "My view is if you're not comfortable treating women like that in the middle of the mall you don't treat them like that in the middle of the mosh pit either."
Anyone with information about the assaults has been urged to contact Tasmania police on 131 444 or email email@example.com.