SkepchickCON Harassment Policy (New and Improved)

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After considering feedback from readers and CONvergence we’ve changed the harassment policy.  The previously posted policy is no longer in effect. This is the new and improved policy:

Skepchick is dedicated to facilitating public engagements that are a safe and harassment-free experience for everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of anyone, in any form, by anyone in attendance of an event we have organized.

Those participating in SkepchickCON–the Skeptic and Science panels organized at CONvergence by Skepchick and Freethought Blogs–are all guests of CONvergence, and CONvergence has an anti-harassment policy which can be found here:

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, or race.  Harassment also includes deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

We acknowledge that this event may involve socializing and alcohol. Regardless, people are expected to behave with respect for each other and should be respectful of requests by other participants to stop what they’re doing or saying if asked.

If you feel that you have been the subject of harassing behavior, or notice that someone else is being harassed, please contact a Skepchick or Freethought Blogs organizer or volunteer.  Skepchick and Freethought Blogs organizers will be happy to help participants contact the appropriate CONvergence Operations staff, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the convention. We value your attendance.

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Kammy is an skeptic, mom, wife, Dungeon Master (D&D, not BDSM) and crafter. Humble receptionist by day, fierce social justice warrior/cleric by night. She's mad as hell about sexists, racists and lets face it, white men in general and she's not gonna take it anymore.


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  3. amorrow June 25, 2012 at 10:44 pm

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  4. M. A. Melby July 2, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Hi! *wave*

    I would like to suggest a minor wording change to the policy:

    “Harassment includes, but is not limited to, targeted offensive verbal comments related to gender identity, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, or race.”

    The reasons:
    – to make clear that simply saying something that someone might find offensive (such as “We are all African Apes”) is not harassment unless it is targeted toward someone. (Such as pointing at an individual or group and saying, YOU THERE, “You are an African Ape!”)
    – include gender expression and identity since they weren’t in there before
    – make it even clearer that the policy does not restrict the staff from using their own judgment on what constitutes harassment given a particular situation that might not be explicitly mentioned within the list

    Hope everyone has a great time.

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