Cornucopia Collective Anti-Harassment Policy

 

Cornucopia Collective, and it’s extended open community operating under the name of “Pagans & Witches of Greater Boston” (via Facebook and Meetup.com), is an organization committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for both religious activity and friendly networking.  We understand that the outcome of these events may result in both platonic and romantic relationships and support the efforts of consenting adults to engage in all forms of companionship and partnership.

 

It is the position of the Cornucopia Collective that the cornerstone values of person-to-person interactions by all participants in Cornucopia events revolve around consent and respect.  Any interactions that disrespect these values will not be tolerated.  It is our intention to foster a safe environment physically, emotionally, spiritually, and energetically.  All attendees of our events therefore agree to these rules by attending our events.  Incidents between attendees of Cornucopia events outside of scheduled events will also be dealt with by this policy. 

 

Cornucopia Collective does not condone any form of abuse, manipulation, and harassment.  As defined by this organization:

  • Abuse is the verbal, physical, and emotional intimidation and maltreatment of an individual both in a singular incident and over a long period of time.  This includes all forms of nonconsensual sexual acts between adults and all forms of sexual acts involving a minor.  Verbal abuse is another serious offense.  Examples include comments like “you will never find someone better than me,” “no one likes you,” “you are not good enough to attend that workshop,” etc.

  • Manipulation is the malicious control of individuals for the purpose of personal or financial gain.  This includes the misrepresentation of the cost of spiritual services such as tarot and astrology readings by members of the Collective.

  • Harassment is the unwanted contact of an aggressor to another individual over all forms of communication.  This includes incidents over texting and social media as well as over all forms of digital communication.  Bullying--the targeted and mean spirited harassment or unwanted teasing of an individual for their race, religion, spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, occupation, political views, veteran status, ableness, marital status, level of education, health status (including HIV and AIDS), nationality, immigration status, and all other protected categories--is a form of harassment that will not be tolerated.  Stalking--the act or an instance of harassing another in an aggressive, often threatening and illegal manner--is another mannerism that will not be tolerated.  Stalking behaviors include following someone from Cornucopia events to their home or place of employment, keeping an independent record of another person’s activities and comments, frequently showing up at another member’s home or workplace uninvited by that individual, etc.

 

Any person who attends Cornucopia events and experiences any of these negative behaviors should contact the Organizational Team immediately.  All cases will be investigated and the appropriate action will be taken.  We understand that misunderstandings will happen between members and encourage people to talk through problems that arise.  However abuse, manipulation, and harassment are not mere misunderstandings and will require a commitment to healing by the victim, the aggressor, and the Collective.

 

All forms of mediation and counseling will be made available to both parties in cases of harassment, manipulation, and abuse.  The Cornucopia Collective prides itself on its culture of mediation, and all attempts will be made to discuss the incident between both parties to find the best solution for both individuals.  Both the individuals involved in the incident should come to the meeting willing to honestly talk and listen.

 

Any victim of abusive or harassing behavior will have the full support of the Collective and will be encouraged to reach out to other members for support and counseling.

 

As part of the healing process, the Goddess in her dark forms--Lilith, Hecate, Kali, Ceredwyn, the Morrighan, Persephone, etc.--may be called upon by the victim and Collective.  Aggressors be warned.

 

All reports of sexual assault, physical abuse, and stalking will be reported to appropriate legal bodies.

 

Any aggressor found to be abusing controlled substances and that is found to be a contributing factor to their inappropriate behavior will need to bring documentation of attendance of counseling meetings (for example Alcoholics Anonymous) before attending another Cornucopia event.

 

In the event that an aggressor continues their behavior or refuses to attend any mediation meetings or to acknowledge their actions, they will be immediately barred from future events.  If anyone violates this rule, the police will be called immediately and charges will be pressed. 

 

All persons accused of abusive or harassing behavior in leadership positions will be immediately suspended from leading rituals and teaching classes until the matter is resolved.

 

 

For more information on abuse and harassment laws in Massachusetts, please consult the following website:

 

http://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/laws-by-subj/about/harassment.html

 

If anyone wants information on appropriate behavior in relationships including issues of consent, please consult Bedsider. 

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