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'It just outraged me so much': Kinley Dowling among Hedley protesters

Kinley Dowling was outraged by the Hedley concert at Credit Union Place in Summerside, P.E.I., but the Island musician wanted her protest to bring something positive to the event.

'It's a hard thing to talk about'

Kinley Dowling, right, stands with Sharlene Kelly outside the Hedley concert in Summerside. (Submitted by Kinley Dowling)

Kinley Dowling was outraged by the Hedley concert at Credit Union Place in Summerside, P.E.I., but the Island musician wanted her protest to bring something positive to the event.

The protest was prompted by allegations of sexual misconduct against the band, allegations the band has denied.

"I just was reading all about Hedley in the news about what they allegedly have done and it just outraged me so much, and I just felt like I needed to do something," said Dowling.

Dowling made headlines with the release of a solo CD in 2016, in which she recounts being sexually assaulted on her prom night. She now describes herself as an activist as well as a musician.

"I'm a huge supporter of how to help victims of sexual assault. Being one myself I know it's a hard thing to talk about," she said.

"Everyone knows that this type of behaviour is wrong, so it's time for people to be held accountable."

Dowling said she wanted to protest the concert while also spreading positivity.

She and her friends decided to hand out resources for victims of sexual assault outside of the concert venue Saturday night. The information they shared included guidance on how to file a police report, how to seek medical attention, and a family-and-friends guide for how to support victims.

For the most part, said Dowling, the protest was well-received. She and her friends handed out more than 100 pamphlets to concert goers.

Corrections

  • This story previously reported the concert was Sunday. It was, in fact, Saturday.
    Feb 26, 2018 10:13 AM AT

With files from Katerina Georgieva

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