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Safer Spaces

Safer spaces are welcoming, engaging and supportive. This project is a space where people support each other and can feel free to be themselves. It is a place where abuse and discrimination are not tolerated. We hope that everyone who interacts with us is made aware of the idea of ‘safer spaces’ and that they are proactive in helping make this a safer space too.

All those who live, participate, visit or come to crash, party, debate, etc. are asked to be aware of their language and behavior, and to think about whether it might have a negative affect upon others. This is not a place for violence, for touching people without their consent, for being intolerant of someone’s religious beliefs or lack thereof, for being creepy, sleazy, racist, ageist, sexist, hetero-sexist, trans-phobic, ableist, classist, sizist or any other behavior or language that may perpetuate oppression.

We strive to keep this place safe not through a list of rules but by following simple guidelines of consent. Consent is not the absence of a no, but the presence of a yes. It’s based on clear communication in an environment where people feel comfortable saying no and yes, and with full trust that their boundaries will be respected. Consent is vital just just in our personal relations, but in our daily lives.

These are just a few examples of respecting consent:

  • Ask before entering someone’s room, borrowing their stuff, getting close to them, or initiating any other form of intimate interaction
  • Respect the pronouns and names of all in the space 
  • Do not assume anyone’s gender identity, sexual preference, survivor status, economic status, background, health, etc.
  • Respect everyone’s physical and emotional boundaries – their personal “bubble”
  • Get explicit consent on sleeping arrangements--an invitation to sleep somewhere is not an invitation for sex
  • Respect people’s opinions, beliefs, experiences and differing points of view
  • Be aware of your prejudices and privileges
  • Be responsible for your own action and aware that your actions do have an effect on others, despite what your intentions may be

Because of our commitment to consent and safer spaces, we will ask anyone to leave who violates our safer spaces policy. We may also exclude individuals who have been called out for assault or violating consent unless those individuals are in positive process. Please don’t take offense. You can be right and still make someone uncomfortable. Leaving when asked is a positive step and vital for consent.

This policy was adapted from the Coalition for Safer Spaces