Sexual assault and harassment are happening in political and activist organisations. Sometimes they are even harder to address because people hesitate to recognise that these problems persist inside progressive groups. This article explores the background of why sexual assault and harassment are happening and what we can do to prevent it.
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What is sexual assault and what is sexual harassment?
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Awareness & Prevention Structures in the organisation
Training of the Responsibles
Awareness & Prevention Structures during Activist Events
Benefits of tackling this in the context of political camps: The participants of camps for political purposes are together for a longer period of time and are brought together by shared ideas and expectations. This also offers the possibility to tackle the issue of possible sexual assault beforehand and during the event - for example in workshops.
Events like this should anyways also have their own support structure for survivors.
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Women, Sexual Harassment and Victim Politics
Ask an activist: What are the most important lessons learned on sexual harassment in this last year of activism?
Sexual harassment prevention and support structures, at disposal and well communicated to all stakeholders https://www.plotina.eu/sexual-harassment-prevention-support-stakeholders/
Risk and Protective Factors: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/sexualviolence/riskprotectivefactors.html
STOP SV: A Technical Package to Prevent Sexual Violence: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/SV-Prevention-Technical-Package.pdf
Together, we can change norms to prevent sexual violence and harassment: https://www.preventioninstitute.org/blog/together-we-can-change-norms-prevent-sexual-violence-and-harassment
SEXUAL HARASSMENT - A THEORETICAL OVERVIEW: https://uir.unisa.ac.za/bitstream/handle/10500/1556/02chapter2.pdf?sequence=2
Preventing violence against women needs greater focus on perpetrators: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/preventing-violence-against-women-needs-greater-focus-on-perpetrators-our-watch-says/f9c962c6-7fa3-4e67-9c62-89f5caaddf49
Example: Transparency International: https://images.transparencycdn.org/images/2020-12-10_PSEAH-Policy_Final.pdf
Seven Ways to Stand Up Against Sexual Harassment: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/seven_ways_to_stand_up_against_sexual_harassment