PEERS CODE OF CONDUCT

 


PEERS is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Sexual language and behavior is not appropriate for any event. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the event organizers.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion.
Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
Harassing photography or recording
Sustained disruption of dances or other performances
Inappropriate physical contact
Unwelcome sexual attention
Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour

Enforcement

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately

PEERS volunteers, performers, and staff are also subject to the anti-harassment policy.

Exception: Performance related to sexual situations, discriminatory language, or similar is welcome if it meets all of the following criteria: (a) the organizers have specifically granted permission in writing, (b) it is necessary to the theme of the event and no alternative exists, (c) it is presented in a respectful manner, especially towards women and LGBTQIA people, (d) attendees are warned in advance in the program and respectfully given ample warning and opportunity to leave beforehand. This exception specifically does not allow use of gratuitous sexual images as attention-getting devices.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, event organisers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the event with no refund.

Event organisers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities. We think people should follow these rules outside event activities too!

 

Reporting

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. PEERS staff can be contacted after they announce dances, or through the Front Gate. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event. People like you make our event a better place.

Anonymous Report

At this time we are not able to accept anonymous reports. PEERS will not reveal your name or contact information to the subjects of any investigation, to respect your privacy.

 

Personal Report

You can make a personal report by:

Calling or messaging this phone number: 510-522-1731. This phone number will not be monitored during events, but will be monitored before and after events.
Contacting a staff member by reaching out to one of the people who announces dances, or by asking the Front Gate volunteers to find a staff member.

When taking a personal report, our staff will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other event staff to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we'll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we'll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won't be asked to confront anyone and we won't tell anyone who you are.

Our team will be happy to help you contact local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

Email: peers@peersdance.org
Phone: 510-522-1731
Alameda PD: 510-337-8340
Bay Area Women Against Rape 24x7 hotline - 510-845-7273
Alameda Hospital: 2070 Clinton Ave, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-522-3700
Alameda City Cab (open until 3am): 510-523-8200




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