Dropkick Depression & RAINN
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT AND ASSAULT EDUCATION, AWARENESS AND SUPPORT TRAINING
In the early months of 2020, professional wrestling as a whole underwent a movement dubbed "The Speaking Out Movement", named for the hashtag used throughout Twitter #SpeakingOut in which professional wrestlers, individuals behind the scenes of wrestling promotions, as well as fans came forward to speak about their experiences with sexual assault within the professional wrestling community. The community at all levels was shaken up and many changes were made throughout companies as large as global television down to the local promotion bringing in neighborhood fans.
It was clear a change was needed. Professional wrestling, as a whole, is a "lawless town". There are no unions, there is no large organization overseeing the safety of those within the community, there are no set guidelines or rules to be part of this world.
Something needed to change and something needed to be offered to help attempt to bring the community together for the greater good.
Dropkick Depression is happy to announce that we have engaged RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization, to develop and deliver a sexual misconduct and assault education, awareness and support training in the fall/winter of 2021. This training is being specifically tailored to cater to the world of professional wrestling, will be interactive, and will relate to our experiences of how sexual violence affects us.
This course will be available online (date/dates to be determined) for all professional wrestlers, promoters, and other individuals within the professional wrestling community.
Our goal is to create a community of prevention and safety as well as help those understand how to handle situations that may arise in the future. We owe it to ourselves and to those who have been affected by sexual harassment and assault within our world to help create a better environment so that professional wrestling may be able to thrive.
If you are within the professional wrestling community (wrestler, promoter, referee, backstage personnel) and wish to be notified when this course will be available as well as any other updates with this event, please use the contact form below to be added to the mailing list.
To learn more about RAINN, please visit their website at www.rainn.org.