A beautiful paradigm of the Glastonbury spirit helping a victim of sexual assault
Every so often you come across something on the internet which re-instills a sense of hope in you and your belief in humanity in general. Though these moments are becoming a rare necessity as the world seems to become an ever darker and scarier place to live in with every passing day, you can always count on Glastonbury Festival to restore light and hope.
A woman who has been sexually assaulted in the build-up to this year’s Glastonbury Festival has written a powerful letter of gratitude to the organisers of Glastonbury.
The breathtakingly inspirational letter thanks the organisers for their kindness and compassion in being able to facilitate an environment in which she could well and truly indulge in the Glastonbury experience, despite the recent traumatic events.
On her personal blog, Laura Whitehurst writes how she was so looking forward to her “first year ever” at Glastonbury. She goes on to describe how two months prior to the festival, two of who she thought were her friends and part of the group she was set to camp with, assaulted her. Initially, Laura contacted Glastonbury with the intention of receiving a refund – this is where the Glastonbury spirit kicks in.
Both breathtakingly inspirational and extremely emotional, the letter has not left the internet apathetic, in some cases even bringing readers to tears. Below are some of Twitter user’s responses commending the festival organisers, as well as Laura’s bravery and strength for sharing her story with the world.
So touched by your story 👏🏼 for not being intimidated by your so-called friends. Horrible situation. Well done for staying strong!
— Fran Newman-Young (@francesca_ny) July 14, 2017
This made me cry. Ordinary people do extraordinary things and Glastonbury is full of those people, it’s a very special place. Take care xx
— ilona burton (@ilonacatherine) July 13, 2017
That’s one of the bravest, most humbling and most life affirming pieces I’ve ever read. You’re an incredible person to write that x
— Chris Owen (@wonky_donky) July 13, 2017
I had a little cry when I read this, I hope you return again and again and again…. x
— Sarah (@SarahGarth) July 13, 2017
Ur a very brave women, & @GlastoFest makes everything possible, I really hope justice prevails, more importantly you can move on & be happy
— Raz (@razza_bezza) July 13, 2017