Chicago Hashes’ Policy for Sexual Violence
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.
Sexual violence in any form will not be tolerated. 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.
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.
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, a SASS (Sexual Assault Support Squad) Member, 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
- Rape Victim Advocates: 312-443-9603; www.rapevictimadvocates.org
All SASS members have completed a basic training with a volunteer educator from Rape Victim Advocates, have information on resources, and volunteered to help. If someone who’s a member of SASS is targeting you, talk to a GM.