Sexual harassment in any form will not be tolerated at the AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting, section meetings, or any other activities, including publishing. Our culture is based on mutual respect and collaboration. AAA/CASCA will do what it takes to enforce our sexual harassment policies and protect our members, staff, and other individuals from harassment, assault, and other misconduct while they are taking part in sponsored events and activities. These policies apply to every person regardless of gender, sexual orientation, level, function, seniority, status, or other protected characteristics.
What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment has many forms:
- Insinuating, proposing, or demanding sexual favors of any kind;
- Invading another person’s personal space (e.g., inappropriate touching);
- Stalking, intimidating, coercing or threatening another person to get them to engage in sexual acts;
- Sending or displaying sexually explicit objects or messages;
- Commenting on someone’s looks, dress, sexuality or gender in a derogatory or objectifying manner or a manner that makes them uncomfortable;
- Making obscene comments, jokes or gestures that humiliate or offend someone; and/or
- Pursuing or flirting with another person persistently without the other person’s willing participation.
The most extreme form of sexual harassment is sexual assault. This is a serious crime and we will support those who want to file complaints against offenders with local authorities.
Our rules on sexual harassment
- No one has the right to sexually harass anyone else.
- Sexual harassment is never too minor.
- Sexual harassment is about how we make others feel.
- We understand that people who harass do not necessarily realize their behavior is inappropriate and unwanted, but that doesn’t make the perpetrator any less responsible for their actions.
- We assume every sexual harassment claim is legitimate unless proven otherwise.
- We will not allow further victimization of harassed individuals.
- Those who support or overlook sexual harassment are as much at fault as offenders.
How to report sexual harassment
If you are being sexually harassed (or suspect another person is being harassed) at the AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting, please report it to AAA staff (recognizable by orange buttons, pictured below) at registration or in the exhibit hall. In serious cases like sexual assault, please call the police and inform AAA/CASCA that you plan to press charges. We will provide any possible support until the matter is resolved. In any case, we will ensure you are not victimized and that you have access to relevant evidence admissible in court, like security video footage or emails.
We acknowledge it is often hard to come forward about these issues, but we need your help to build a fair and safe environment for you and your colleagues. Explain the situation in as much detail as possible. If you have any hard evidence (e.g. emails), forward it or bring it with you.
To register complaints or concerns regarding non-Annual Meeting activities, register your complaint to the AAA Ombudspersons for Sexual Harassment and Assault through our Contact Form. The AAA Ombudsperson is a confidential and informal resource. CASCA is working to have a trained ombudsperson available for CASCA members at the 2023 Annual Meeting in Toronto in November, as well. Once that individual is trained, there will be a CASCA form on this page to file complaints.