Secular Woman has compiled the following resources on sexual harassment and codes of conduct for events and working and social groups. The links for organizations are a primer on the issues and questions to be considered when creating and enforcing a policy. Secular Woman can also consult with organizations working through these issues. If you’d like to talk to us about what we can do, please email us.
Links for People Who Have Been Harassed:
4 Ways to Overcome Self-Blame After Sexual Assault
While this link specifically talks about sexual assault, victim blaming and self-blame are common after any kind of harassment.
Five Geek Social Fallacies
The major geek social fallacies strongly color how harassment is viewed and talked about in geek spaces. Recognize them when you’re hearing them.
Harassment and the Back Channel
Making a case for reporting harassment officially when it happens to you.
The Risk in Speaking Up
The pros and cons of speaking up. Know what you may be getting into.
How to Report Sexual Harassment
If you do decide to report, make it count, and make it as comfortable for you as possible.
Links for Event/Con Organizers:
Codes of Conduct 101 + FAQ
A great primer on the basic issues involved in designing and enforcing a code of conduct.
One of the most-used codes of conduct for tech conferences, with variation for other types of events.
Conference anti-harassment/Policy resources
Additional resources on getting to adopting a code of conduct and making it work once you have one.
Sexual Harassment Law and You
A lawyer experienced in harassment law covers the basic legal issues. Video with full transcript. Quiz with results and answers.
When Whisper Networks Let Us Down
Discussion of the weaknesses of whisper networks and allowing victims to direct our responses to harassment.
My Theory of Codes of Conduct
The premises behind work on codes of conduct. (Snarky post but serious theory.)
Competing Models for Codes of Conduct
Several lenses through with codes of conduct can be viewed and the pros and cons of centering each.
Reducing Barriers to Reporting Harassment
The ongoing nature of #metoo has demonstrated targets of harassment will report under the right circumstances. How do we encourage reporting in our codes of conduct?
So You’ve Got Yourself a Policy. Now What?
Returning to the Scene, Or Coming Back After Harassment
Working through responses and responsibilities of allowing community members to return after harassing someone.