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Safer Spaces Policy

THE POLICY IN BRIEF

This policy applies to our meeting spaces, social spaces and online spaces.

If you feel unsafe in one of our spaces due to somebody else’s behaviour, you should contact a Safer Spaces volunteer by emailing contact (at) saferspacesedinburgh.noflag.org.uk. The Safer Spaces team will initiate a process to deal with the behaviour.

If you wish, your complaint will be kept confidential and your identity secret.

If you have been subjected to violence, sexual assault or sexual harassment, the perpetrator will be asked not to use the space while the process is ongoing. The process will be survivor-led, you will be able to choose a mediator and you will not be expected to see or speak with your attacker if you do not wish to do so.

For complaints that do not involve violence, we encourage both/all parties to engage with our Conflict Resolution procedure, and will provide mediation if required. See our Conflict Resolution and Survivor-led procedures for details of how these processes work.

We define the following as abusive behaviours which are not tolerated in this space:

Physical abuse

  1. Violence and threat of violence (unless in self defence)
  2. Use of force and threat of force (unless minimal to protect users of the space and the space itself)
  3. Rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment 

Verbal abuse

  1. Personal insult (insults or aggression towards an individual)
  2. Oppressive language (insults or generalisations about a group of people)
  3. Verbal Harassment, sexual or otherwise (repeated uninvited personal comments or requests)
  4. Verbal abuse in writing (all of the above in written form)


The full policy is available here to download

AUTONOMOUS CENTRE OF EDINBURGH SAFER SPACES POLICY
(doc format)
AUTONOMOUS CENTRE OF EDINBURGH SAFER SPACES POLICY
(pdf format)
 

(conflict resolution procedure to be added)

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