In recent years, there have been reports that a few prominent instructors within the lindy hop community have committed acts of sexual assault or sexual harassment. Jumptown does not tolerate or condone this behavior and keeps apprised of these issues within the larger community. Jumptown leaders encourage participants to report any harassment or assault so that we can adequately respond to the situation. Finally, we DO NOT hire instructors or musicians for our events if we are aware of any harassment or assault claims against them.
HARASSMENT AND ASSAULT POLICY
Jumptown is committed running an inclusive and supportive dance event. We want all participants to enjoy swinging out and feel safe doing so. We adopt a broad definition of harassment that states it is “to annoy or bother (someone) in a constant or repeated way” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary), which can be as strong as to include aggressive pressure or intimidation. Therefore, Jumptown will not tolerate harassment in any form. Please review the information to understand different types of harassment and what you might to do address it:
Types of harassment:
- Something feels “off”
- A verbal exchange or series of exchanges that prompts discomfort
- A physical interaction or series of interactions that causes discomfort
- A feeling you are in immediate danger
- A combination of the above
What you (and others) can do:
- If you feel safe doing so, confront the person causing the discomfort. Share your concerns and why you feel uncomfortable with the person.
- If you do not feel comfortable confronting the person doing the harassing, contact a Jumptown staff member. A Jumptown staff member can touch base with the person causing you discomfort and/or assist you in resolving the situation.
- If you are in immediate danger, call 911 right away and find the nearest Jumptown or venue staff member.
Jumptown acknowledges that this information is not exhaustive and every instance of harassment requires a contextual understanding in order to respond properly to it. That stated, Jumptown reserves to the right to remove any person from the event without refund who is known to harass another participant.