Chicago Hashes’ Code of Conduct
The Chicago and Thirstday hashes want to create a responsive and proactive structure to ensure a safe environment for all hashers. We provide resources for response and prevention, and we support survivors of abuse, so all hashers can have fun and drink beer (or the beverage of their choice) without fear.
Non-consensual interactions and sexual violence in any form will not be tolerated anywhere hashers assemble. This includes, but is not limited to, any non-consensual sexual conduct; both verbal and physical threats, harassment, and abuse; and non-consensual photography and sharing.
Consent is mutual, informed, specific, freely given, and reversible, and it is fucking required. No means no; the absence of “no” is not consent; someone who is severely intoxicated cannot consent; if someone changes their mind, respect their choice; and if you are unsure, ask, and respect your partner’s response.
We also do not tolerate: bullying, violence, or abuse of any other form; theft or misappropriation of others’ and the hash’s dollars, hab, and stuff.
If you violate this policy:
Hashing and crashing are privileges; inappropriate behavior is subject to removal from the hash and/or crash space for the day, for a period of time, or permanently at GM discretion. If you are a safety risk to others, you will be removed and are not welcome at the hash.
If you need help, we can:
- Have your back
- Support your choices
- Get you a buddy for trail
- Provide you a safe crash space
- Remove attacker from the day/event/Chicago hashes and/or crash space
- Refer to local resources (and resources elsewhere).
- Contact law enforcement
- Direct to hospitals
How do you get help if you need it?
Talk to a GM or ask a Chicago hasher you trust to point you in the right direction. You can also call a local hotline, and/or law enforcement, if you ever need it:
- 24 hr crisis hotline: 1-888-293-2080
- Chicago main rape crisis center is Resilience: 312-443-9603, https://www.ourresilience.org/
Many hashers (Sexual Assault Support Squad) have done intervention and response training (with IED, who is a prevention educator at Resilience), have information on resources, and volunteered to help. If someone who’s a member of SASS is targeting you, talk to a GM or IED. These trainings are currently offered annually.