SAFE SPACE & ANTI-HARRASSMENT POLICY
Dirt Cheap Blues, SwingVirginia, Crispus Attucks Cultural Arts Center, Natchel Blues Network Inc, City of Norfolk, City of Virginia Beach, Hosts, Volunteers, and all organizations or personnel associated with the events (hereinafter called ORGANIZER) are dedicated to providing all participants a fun and safe place to dance and enjoy music. We strive to provide a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, physical appearance, body size, or race. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form - even in jest or meant to be comedic. ZERO TOLERANCE. Event participants violating these rules may be expelled from the event and housing, without a refund, at the discretion of the ORGANIZER.
Blues Dance is inherent to possible close-proximity dancing among individuals. It is also inherent to potential sensual interpretation of music and emotion. That does not mean they are opening the door to any forms of physical contact, verbal conversation, and other forms of harassment. It's just a dance. We are all adults. If someone says "no". Leave them alone. Period.
HARASSMENT FORMS BUT NOT LIMITED TO...
Harassment can be in physical, verbal, and non-verbal forms.
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, un-welcomed sexual attention, un-welcomed verbiage, and un-welcomed conversation.
Harassment also includes non-verbal actions. Such as but not limited to: inappropriate physical contact, un-welcomed physical contact, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, and sustained disruption of events.
IF HARASSMENT OCCURS...
If you are being harassed, remove yourself form the situation if you can safely, and notify the ORGANIZER at once.
If you notice another participant being harassed, notify the ORGANIZER at once about the situation.
The ORGANIZER may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or direct expulsion from the event including housing with no refund.
If YOU are being harassed, or notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of event staff immediately.
If you are asked to stop any forms of harassment, you must stop and comply immediately. We expect all participants to follow these rules at all event venues and any event-related social activities.
Event staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.
IF YOU STILL DON'T GET IT....
Below is a video that puts the idea into a easily recognizable concept.
CONSENT IS EVERYTHING
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