Anti-harassment policy

Why an anti - harassment policy?

Indiemeet is dedicated to providing a safe experience for everyone, regardless of sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. As part of this commitment we consider it important to address behaviors which involve treating other attendees with a lack of respect, including physical, verbal, emotional harassment and sexual assault.

What is harassment?

Some examples of harassment include:
  • Offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race or religion
  • Explicit or illegal sexual images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Stalking or unwanted following of persons
  • Harassing photography or unwanted recording of persons on devices
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome attention, including sexual remarks, jokes, or taunting, leering, prolonged intimidating staring or suggestive gestures
Please note this list is not exhaustive. We understand that some behaviours which make an attendee feel harassed may not have occurred with malicious intent, and in some cases may have taken place unintentionally. However, once participants have been told that their behaviour is harassment or unwanted they are expected to stop immediately. Acting in character does not absolve you from the responsibility to avoid harassing other players.

What should I do if I am being harassed?

We would appreciate if you could report it to our anti-harassment team (names and contact e-mail address) We will take details of the harassment and work with you to respond to the issue in a way that assists you in feeling safe and maintains the safety of the wider environment, as well as enforcing our anti-harassment policy. We also support you in speaking about steps that can be taken to help you feel safer both immediately and in the longer term.

What steps will we take in response to harassment?

The steps we take will depend on the offence and will be discussed with the person who reported the harassment. They will include discussing the situation with the person committing the harassment and may include ensuring that the person who was harassed receives an apology, or that the person committing harassment is warned about their behaviour. In more severe cases, in order to protect the community we may need to ask the harasser to leave the group. We will inform any person what steps we have taken, if any, as a result of their report.