We say ‘safer’ realising that no space can be entirely safe for everyone. Although there is often discourse on ‘equality’, we realise that not everyone experiences spaces in the same way as others.
Safer spaces are welcoming, engaging and supportive. We want the RRFM to be a space where people take care of one another. We want people to feel that they can let their hair down and be themselves, knowing that they will be supported.
We are asking people to be proactive in creating a safer space.
People attending RRFM are asked to be aware of their language and behaviour, and to think about whether it might be offensive to others. This is no space for violence, for touching people without their consent, for being intolerant of someone’s religious beliefs or lack thereof, for being creepy, sleazy, racist, ageist, sexist, heterosexist, transphobic, ablebodiest, classist, sizist, or any other behaviour or language that may perpetuate oppression.
What we need to do to create a safer space at RRFM:
- Respect people’s physical and emotional boundaries
- Always get explicit verbal consent before touching someone or crossing personal boundaries
- Respect peoples opinions, beliefs, differing states of being and differing points of view
- Be responsible for your own actions. Be aware that your actions do have an effect on others
- Take responsibility for your own safety and get help if you need it
- Look out for children at all times and try not to leave anything around that would endanger them
- The space is drug and alcohol free, and smoke-free