Anti-harassment Policy

If you register to attend any Conflux event, you are agreeing to abide by this policy:

Conflux Incorporated Anti-Harassment policy

Conflux Incorporated is dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable environment for everyone at all their events. Fandom, writers, people are by and large great, and they are interesting and considerate and treat others with respect and we’re glad for that. But there are some people that do not act that way, so we want to make it clear: harassment of any kind, including physical assault, battery, deliberate intimidation, stalking, or unwelcome physical attentions, will not be tolerated. If people tell you “no” or to leave them alone, your business with them is done. Leave them alone. Do not follow them or attempt to disrupt their convention experience in any way.

Failure to abide by this policy will see your membership of the current event revoked, and may see you banned from future Conflux events.

If  you see someone you believe is being harassed, here’s some suggestions on how you can help them:

  • Remain at a respectful distance from both them and their possible aggressor, and call out, “Do you need help?” That not only lets the victim know that someone else is willing to have their back, it’s loud enough to alert others in the vicinity that there may be a problem.
  • If they say no (they might not feel able to say yes) and you still have an uncomfortable feeling that something’s wrong, immediately alert someone in charge.
  • Don’t try to get physically aggressive with someone you know or suspect is in the act of bullying someone else.
  • If you know the suspected victim well, step in and tell them that they’re needed right away, and then walk away with them.
  • Offer to accompany someone who’s just been harassed when they go to the event organisers to complain.

If you are harassed, know that Conflux Incorporated is committed to your safety and well-being so please be assured that you will be listened to by the event organisers, your feelings respected and all efforts will be made to rectify the situation.

Ratified by the Conflux Incorporated AGM, Monday 4 November 2013.

Notes:

At the Conflux Incorporated AGM on Monday November 4 2013, a new anti-harassment policy was ratified.

Conflux Incorporated wants to make it clear that they will not abide any behaviour that makes an attendee at a Conflux event feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Anyone who registers for a Conflux event is agreeing to abide by this policy.

Conflux Incorporated would like to acknowledge the guidance of Nalo Hopkinson and Russell Blackford in developing this new policy.

Nicole Murphy
President, Conflux Incorporated 2013

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