We are issuing this statement in response to a Facebook post that began circulating late on February 1, 2017.
We want to begin by saying that we believe the person who experienced sexual harassment by a former member.
We are truly sorry that our Complaints Procedure has left this person without a sense of justice, and that people feel like their experience was belittled.
We sincerely hear your concerns around a lack of clarity in our process. We are in contact with an organization that educates on sexual consent and safer spaces to help us review our Complaints Procedure and improve it.
In addition, we are planning to host an organization that focuses on sexual assault cases that will provide Solidarity Winnipeg members with a workshop on how we can more appropriately and respectfully respond to cases of sexual harassment and sexual assault.
We recognize that use of the term “hearsay” by our investigations committee is being questioned. We are attentive to that criticism and we will scrutinize how testimony can be given if a person who experienced sexual harassment does not want to provide verbal or written testimony.
We strongly agree that any political tensions must not be linked with this sexual harassment case, and we have cautioned a member on these grounds.
Thank you for coming forward as this helps us critically evaluate our organization and Complaints Procedure.
We are listening and we take your Facebook post very seriously.
Please don’t hesitate to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
On behalf of the Solidarity Winnipeg Communications Committee on February 7, 2017.