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Annual Meeting Harassment Prevention

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Annual Meeting Harassment Prevention

Sexual harassment in any form will not be tolerated at the AAA Annual Meeting. Our culture is based on mutual respect and collaboration. AAA will do what it takes to enforce our sexual harassment policies and protect our members, staff, and other individuals from harassment, assault, and other misconduct while they are taking part in sponsored events and activities. These policies apply to every person attending regardless of gender, sexual orientation, level, function, seniority, status or other protected characteristics.

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What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment has many forms:

The most extreme form of sexual harassment is sexual assault. This is a serious crime and we will support those who want to file complaints against offenders with local authorities. 

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Our rules on sexual harassment

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How to report sexual harassment

If you are being sexually harassed (or suspect another person is being harassed), please report it to AAA staff (recognizable by orange buttons, pictured below). In serious cases like sexual assault, please call the police and inform the AAA that you plan to press charges. We acknowledge it is often hard to come forward about these issues, but we need your help to build a fair and safe environment for you and your colleagues.

If you want to report sexual harassment while at the AAA Annual Meeting, there are two options:

Explain the situation in as much detail as possible. If you have any hard evidence (e.g. emails), forward it or bring it with you.

If you report the assault to the police, we will provide any possible support until the matter is resolved. In any case, we will ensure you are not victimized and that you have access to relevant evidence admissible in court, like security video footage or emails.

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Disciplinary action and repeat offenders

After thorough investigation by the AAA Ombudspersons, meeting attendees found guilty of sexual assault will be banned from all Association activities.

Meeting attendees found guilty of sexual harassment (but not assault) may have their right to be on the premises revoked. We may also ban harassers from all future Association activities or take other appropriate action to protect their victims. We will terminate the memberships and/or meeting registrations of repeat offenders after the second claim against them and subsequent investigation concludes they are indeed guilty.

We apply these disciplinary actions uniformly. Meeting attendees of any sexual orientation or other protected characteristics will be penalized the same way for the same offenses.

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Meeting attendee responsibilities

First and foremost, meeting attendees should try to prevent sexual harassment by building a culture of respect and trust. However, when sexual harassment occurs and there is a complaint, AAA will act immediately.

When AAA receives a complaint of alleged harassment, they will reach out to the AAA Ombudspersons for Sexual Harassment and Assault. One of the ombudspersons will do the following:

All AAA members must not, under any circumstances, blame the victim, conceal a report, or discourage fellow members from reporting sexual harassment.

We welcome any feedback or complaints about our procedures and how the AAA Ombudspersons handled each case. Please contact Executive Director Ed Liebow ( with your comments.

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