The purpose of this meeting is to continue to develop our shared language, understanding and awareness of sexual misconduct so that we can intentionally create the community that we want within RR.
During this working group we felt like we were in a comfortable position with our work to begin the difficult and tedious conversation about process: What do we do when something happens? Who do you talk to first? How many people get involved? Is there an order of operations to discern the situation in a safe way? Many good ideas were brought forward and were organized into two columns being "Lesser" offenses and "Greater" offenses. The "Lesser" and "Greater" categories were in reference to the spectrum of behaviors you can find from previous posts. So according to what behavior is reported to a secretary or Intersangha member, what would happen next? This is a huge question we face in our community: What Happens Next?
The next meeting will be a continuation of this conversation. We will be doing some research to see how similar communities operate - what are their sexual misconduct policies? Is there a warning system? Consequences? etc..
Our work is just getting started! Hope you join us for this important conversation. Next meeting info can be found below.
Be well and much Metta!
Please join us at the next one on September 22!