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Our Anti-Harassment Policy

Courage is committed to creating an environment where people can come together and collaborate to further our aims of supporting truthtellers and the public’s right to know. Everyone is entitled to enjoy a respectful and inclusive environment; men, women, non-binary; straight, gay or otherwise; cis or trans; people of all religions and ethnicities, and none; 14-year-olds and 99-year-olds; able-bodied, neurotypical or not. We will not tolerate harassment behaviour that detracts from that goal.

Examples of harassment include:

• Offensive comments, made in orally or in writing, including comments about gender, gender identity and expression, sexuality, impairment, physical appearance, body size, race, religion or political affiliation.
• Showing sexual images in public spaces.
• Intimidation, stalking or following.
• Photographing or recording someone without their permission.
• Sustained disruption of talks or other events.
• Unwanted physical contact.
• Unwanted sexual attention.
• Any other unwanted conduct which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an interrogating, degrading, hostile, offensive or humiliating environment for the person in question.

We recognise the pressures put on those who decide to speak out and the importance of taking complaints seriously.

Incidents of harassment should be reported to Courage volunteers or staff members immediately. We will immediately investigate any allegation of harassment, and take prompt and effective remedial action to remedy the harassment. To the extent that it is possible, the confidentiality of both the complaining party and the harasser will be protected during the investigation process. At the conclusion of the investigation, the complaining party will be informed about the conclusions of the investigation, as well as an opportunity to discuss future procedures.