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Sprints share statement after singer Karla Chubb sexually assaulted at two gigs

“Shame on you. Do better”

By Will Richards

Sprints (Picture: Niamh Barry)

Sprints have shared a statement online asking fans to “do better” after their singer Karla Chubb was sexually assaulted for the second time on their current tour.

The Irish rock band are currently on tour around the UK in support of recent debut album Letter to Self, and the band told of how multiple incidents of assault have occurred while Chubb has been crowdsurfing.

“Yesterday Karla was sexually assaulted for the second time on the Letter to Self tour,” they wrote. “The fact that this has occurred twice is abhorrent, the fact that it still happens at all is disgusting. We will not stand for it and we will not be silent about it.”

Sprints added: “Female performers should be able to engage with their audience, step off the stage or perform without fear of groping, unwanted touching, cat-calling and harassment. The fact that this is still an everyday occurrence for most women is beyond reprehensible.

“To those who noticed and called out the behaviour yesterday, thank you. To those of you responsible for the behaviour, shame on you. Do better.”

The band will wrap up their tour with four Irish dates beginning this Thursday and ending next week in Dublin.