Safer Space Policy
Creating a Safer Space¶
A safer space is a place where people can relax and be themselves without fear of humiliation or reproach as a result of their race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical history, intelligence, abilities, and all other inherent and immutable diversities. It is intended to be run for minorities by minorities. We want this channel to be a space where people support each other and can feel free to be themselves. We want it to be a place where abuse and discrimination is not tolerated. We hope that everyone becomes more aware of the idea of ‘safer spaces’ and that you are proactive in helping make this a safer space too.
People attending this space are asked to be aware of their language and behaviour, and to consider whether it might be harmful to others. There will be no toleration for any behaviour or language that may perpetuate oppression including, but not limited to:
In order for a safer space to be a good space, we all must:
Anyone violating the above rules will be subject to removal from this space.
Need some assistance?¶
If you experience or witness any behaviour that crosses your boundaries or makes you feel uncomfortable or if you are feeling like you would like to talk to someone anonymously about anything please feel free to send a message any voiced user.
There may be conflict in the safer space and the organisers have designed a basic process for dealing with this, based around the principle that a resolution deemed positive to all parties involved should always be sought first.
Any conflict arising in the space that at least one party feels cannot be resolved without some help, should seek the assistance of one or more of the organiser crew. If the conflict cannot be resolved with them it may be taken to the whole safer space to make a final decision on what action needs to be taken.
No space is exempt from personal conflicts and nobody can be perfectly informed about all social justice issues. In every group there will be slip-ups and mistakes. The organisers expect everyone to be open and honest if they feel they are being mistreated or someone is acting in an unacceptable manner, but also realise that some people do not have the capacity to feel comfortable discussing the way they are feeling out in the open. If this is the case, they can take their issue to private message with one of the organisers, who will discuss the inappropriate behaviour with the offender, without disclosing that a complaint has been made. Information, such as whether a complaint was made or by whom, will never be disclosed without the injured party’s express consent unless absolutely necessary.
If an injured party wishes, or it is deemed necessary by the organisers, mediation can set up. This is done when the injured party would like resolution or to air their grievances against an offender, but is not comfortable talking to them directly via private message. Rules of conduct in the chat room also apply to the mediation process. A mediator will be chosen from a list of available mediators. An injured party is welcome to choose a representative of the minority in question, if available, but specific mediators cannot be requested.