Our Continued Commitment to

Explicit Consent Culture

A message from our organizers.

August 6th, 2020

 

For our BeachBind Family, 

In the last few days, we have received information on allegations of consent violations and issues with BeachBind founder, DireWo1f. BeachBind is committed to promoting and fostering an environment of safety, integrity and to uphold explicit consent culture. We believe this standard extends to all people, especially those in leadership roles within the organization. In the interest of transparency with our presenters, staff and attendees, we want to update you on the actions we have taken thus far and how we intend to move forward.

Below is a list of things we have done in the past few days:

  • Contacted and have ongoing discussions to collect information with those who have come forward. They have provided statements about their interactions with DireWo1f. We would like to thank those who have made time to speak with us and are acutely aware of the enormous mental and emotional effects of this type of dialogue. 

  • Suspended DireWo1f from all BeachBind responsibilities. This includes any responsibilities he was to retain after stepping back due to the family reasons he outlined on the BeachBind FetLife page

  • Have reached out to national third party consent organizations for guidance on this situation. 

  • Responded to questions from the community that have been directed towards us. 

  • Committed to open, transparent communication regarding this situation with the BeachBind community. 

 

In addition, a formal investigation with the BeachBind Consent Team has been started. The creation of the team was done in 2019 to carry through on our commitment to consent culture. The Consent Team is responsible for ensuring physical, mental and emotional safety of BeachBind goers by maintaining adherence to consent and mediation policies. The team takes reports of policy violations, mediates disputes if needed, conducts preliminary investigations, provides resources to all parties involved should they be needed/wanted, and makes recommendations to organizers on consent and mediation policy, procedures, and actions. 

Due to the unique circumstances of the accused’s position within BeachBind, the change of organizers, and the risk of bias, we have asked members of the consent team to step down if they feel their connections to the accused could alter their actions taken in this process. One has chosen to do so; the others believe they can uphold our consent culture without bias. Our current goal is to add at least one and ideally two more individuals to the committee and are striving to find people that have no connection with BeachBind or any individual involved. In addition, to show solidarity with those who were affected by the accused, we have asked for input and recommendations of unbiased people to join this Consent Team, by those who have come forward, should they have the capacity to do so; AND will get explicit consent from those involved with the process before sharing information with the new members of the team. We will also keep you posted about the final team members on our website and in follow-up emails, along with additional updates as we receive them.

Diana has taken on the role of information gathering to present to the Consent Team as they are the newest member of the organization team and do not have an established connection with the accused outside of BeachBind. Our current process for this Consent Team is:

  • To look over the information with plenty of time for them to ask questions and request more information. 

  • Meet with the organizers and staff manager, for a closed hearing where:

    • They all will discuss the information received. 

    • The Consent Team will vote on a decision of action. 

    • Once a majority vote is reached BeachBind will make those actions.  

      • Note the organizers and staff manager do not have a vote in this process.

        • The organizers are present at the meeting to answer questions.

        • The staff manager is there to keep the meeting on track.

    • If more information is needed from the individuals involved before a majority decision can be reached:

      • The additional information will be collected by Diana. 

      • Time will be given for the team to review the information.

      • An additional meeting with the team, organizers, and staff manager will be scheduled. 


The organizers are 100 % committed to following through with whatever actions the team decides. 


Please keep in mind, we are consulting with national consent organizations and will alter our process as recommended by these groups. We will share the finalized process with you all when it is complete.



As newer organizers to this event, please know that we are always available for questions, issues and concerns; we are committed to creating an environment where everyone feels comfortable to speak up and be heard. Once the Consent Team has been re-formed, they are also accessible and approachable, and we encourage you to reach out and provide any information you feel is pertinent to the process, ask questions, and voice concerns. 

Finally, we recognize that there are additional questions and concerns that you may have, perhaps about the event, our commitment to diversity, or other important issues. As of right now we are dedicating our full efforts to this present issue, and will address other questions and priorities as time allows in the upcoming weeks.

 

We thank you for your patience as we navigate these times. Again, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. We will keep you updated as much as possible through the next few weeks. 


Tara (she/her) & Diana (she/they/her/them) 
Your BeachBind Co-Organizers

If you have any questions/comments/concerns please reachout to Tara or Diana directly through email. 
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