Sexual Harassment Policy

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to protect the members of Colorado Springs Socialists from unwanted sexual advances, harassment, contact, and violence. In order to ensure our members' trust and sense of safety, Colorado Springs Socialists does not tolerate any form of Sexual Harassment or Sexual Violence as defined in this policy. Colorado Springs Socialists seeks to create a culture that models the just and equal future we hope to build, and, in doing so, discourages sexual violence/abuse. In addition to promoting safety for everyone, the intent of this policy is to create an accountable and respectful environment where people have the opportunity to learn to be allies of those who suffer violence, abuse and discrimination of a sexual nature, values and skills which are so lacking in both mainstream and radical left cultures of today.

Definitions

The definitions of Sexual Violence include the illegal activities of rape, incest, child sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and voyeurism, and are under no circumstances tolerated. Additionally, Colorado Springs Socialists does not tolerate Sexual Harassment because it is a form of sex discrimination. The definition of Sexual Harassment expands beyond illegal activities relating to sex. Sexual harassment includes unwanted physical, verbal, or written advances, sexual threats, insinuation of sexual acts, and any unwelcome behaviors which cause a victim to feel uncomfortable, intimidated, unsafe, voiceless, or helpless. Please bear in mind that Sexual Harassment can be explicit or implicit.

Statistics

Tenets

Sexual violence is never the fault of the victim/survivor.
Being an ally is central to being a socialist.

Scope

This policy applies to all Colorado Springs Socialists members and anyone attending Colorado Springs Socialists’ events, including nonmembers. This policy does not replace police or legal intervention.

Accountability

Inappropriate Behavior

The following activities are inappropriate and constitute as (but are not limited to) sexual harassment regardless of whether or not they are illegal:

Culture

Women are often on the receiving end of unwanted contact and members should not further this issue. Members should act to maximize the agency and empowerment of regularly minimized groups.
Unacceptable behaviors should be called out. Silence is complicitness.
Efforts must be made to decenter men/maleness/masculinity from the culture of the group.

Procedure

Colorado Springs Socialists will respond to all accusations and complaints within one day of being notified.
When in doubt, the account of the accuser will be believed over the account of the accused.

In the case of sexual violence:

  1. If a sexual assault/rape is reported to anyone within the organization, the confidante should, notify the Arbiter(s) of their choice.
  2. Together, the Arbiter(s) and accuser will determine subsequent actions, based on the wishes of the accuser.
  3. Potential actions include: going to the police; the accused being thenceforth not invited or welcomed to future events, meeting, and gatherings (but not explicitly warned about their behavior); the accused being expelled from Colorado Springs Socialists.

The Arbiter will take all steps necessary to protect the identity of the accuser. Once an accuser comes forward, doing nothing is not an option, as the accused could harm other members in the future.

The Arbiter will let the leadership know that there was an accusation against the accused and the course of action that the accuser decided upon. The accuser will let the Arbiter know if they want the leadership to know any details of the accusation.

The leadership may issue a public announcement disassociating the organization with the accused individual, and explaining why; this would both warn other activists as well as inform members and nonmembers that this individual is not allowed in movement spaces.

In the case of sexual harassment:

  1. If unwanted attention/personal contact is reported to anyone within the organization, the confidante should, notify the Arbiter(s) of their choice.
  2. Together, the Arbiter(s) and accuser will determine subsequent actions, based on the severity of the issue and the wishes of the accuser.
  3. Potential actions include: the accused being given a warning and notified that continued inappropriate behavior will result in expulsion from the group; the accused being thenceforth not invited or welcomed to future events, meeting, and gatherings (but not explicitly warned about their behavior); the accused being expelled from Colorado Springs Socialists.

The Arbiter will take all steps necessary to protect the identity of the accuser.Once an accuser comes forward, doing nothing is not an option, as the accused could harm other members in the future.

The Arbiter will let the leadership  know that there was an accusation against the accused and the course of action that the accuser decided upon.The accuser will let the Arbiter know if they want the leadership to know any details of the accusation.

The leadership may issue a public announcement disassociating the organization with the accused individual, and explaining why; this would both warn other activists as well as inform members and nonmembers that this individual is not allowed in movement spaces.

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