Let’s make 2018, finally, the year of #saferLIT. We ask you to join us in ensuring that all corners of the literary community are as safe as possible.
We recognize that abuse and sexual harassment consume community members’ time and energy, and silence marginalized voices.
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Conferences, residencies, workshops, literary events and organizations, presses, and writing programs: let’s make these spaces as safe as possible from non-consensual sexual advances, requests for unwanted sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment.
Use the hashtag #saferLIT on your social media to join our pledge to fight sexual misconduct!
JOIN US IN PLEDGING:
To not harass or abuse anyone.
To step in when you witness a situation you believe to be dangerous, or when you identify a situation in which consent has not or cannot be given. Don’t be a bystander!
To believe victims who come forward about their experiences, and to do what you can to assist in getting help and address the situation immediately. To not deny the experience, gaslight, or dismiss those who come forward.
To create and encourage environments in which sexual harassment and assault are not tolerated, abetted, or ignored.
To remember that consent can be revoked at any time.
To make your literary organization, press, reading series, writing program, conference, or residency a safe place and one that will respond with sensitivity and seriousness to the actions of its workforce, writers, teachers, and staff.
To do more than just read and nod at this pledge, but to also actively engage in and encourage all of the above actions whenever necessary.
Stay tuned to our website in the coming year for more #saferLIT initiatives!
Please note this is a moving document. Most recent update 3/23/18.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE WITH AN ISSUE IN OUR COMMUNITY, PLEASE EMAIL US: saferLIT@vidaweb.org
For additional help contact:
Crisis Text Line: text 741741
National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline 800.656.HOPE (4673)
RAINN’s Spanish Language Online Helpline http://www.rainn.org/es
Trans Lifeline 877.565.8860
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800.273.8255
National Suicide Prevention Hotline En Español: 888.628.9454
National Suicide Prevention Hotline for the Hard of Hearing: 888.799.4889
National Drug & Alcohol Treatment Hotline: 800.662.HELP (4357)
National Eating Disorders Helpline: 800.931.2237
National Eating Disorders Text Line: text “NEDA” to 741741
VIDA’s Reports from the Field contact firstname.lastname@example.org / more info: http://www.vidaweb.org/category/vida-review/reports-from-the-field
There is long-term work to be done to ensure that writing programs, presses, and literary nonprofits are free from sexual harassment and have more women and gender minorities — especially those in the most marginalized groups — in leadership positions. We look forward to continuing to be a part of those conversations.
It is important to note that these actions are not about punishing the perpetrator, they are about protecting current and future victims.