Sexual harassment complaint form

Fear of reporting and ensuing process keep employees from reporting workplace issues

Technology platform HR Acuity released its findings from the 2019 Employee Experience Survey that polled over 1,300 workers to better understand how employees handled sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviors.

Two years after #MeToo, employees surveyed know where to report issues, yet they don’t report because they’re concerned about the process that follows, its fairness, and the possibility of retaliation for reporting. The survey also found hotlines were the least used resource for reporting and managers receive more misconduct complaints than HR. And while employees experience problematic behavior equally between the sexes, reports by men receive more follow-through and investigation than reports made by women.

With some 90% of respondents experiencing or witnessing some kind of misconduct, it’s imperative for workplaces to build a culture that empowers employees and bystanders to report. Inaction is detrimental when it comes to proactively building a safer, healthier workplace. Trust in HR is built and cultivated through transparency and taking reports seriously. By resolving employee issues, workplaces can increase employee confidence in organizations as well as reduce turnover.

Employees should not only feel safe and comfortable in workplaces — they should also feel like they are working for a corporation that prioritizes the issue and is actively working toward a solution.

RALIANCE works with businesses that are ready to improve their organizational cultures and make their workplaces safe from sexual harassment, misconduct, and other disrespectful behaviors. Learn more at https://www.raliance.org/consulting/.

Beyond the Breakthrough with RALIANCE at #NSAC2019

The #MeToo movement ushered in a cultural reckoning that calls for solutions to the wide-spread problem of sexual violence. We cannot forget the revelations that #MeToo has taught us, and we must channel these lessons to enact culture changes in behavior and attitudes that will ultimately prevent sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse from occurring in the first place. 

At the 2019 National Sexual Assault Conference, RALIANCE is sponsoring a track of sessions designed to spotlight examples of concrete and effective prevention actions and activities. As we consider the conference theme—Beyond the Breakthrough—we understand that there are many innovations and pivots that will propel the change needed to create safer, healthier communities and workplaces. 

Read the full content of this blog featured on Ms Magazine and all the blogs tagged with Beyond the Breakthrough!

Stage at It's On Us Summit with blkue screen

Athletes as leaders to combat sexual violence

RALIANCE is proud to be a sponsor of the first ever It’s On Us National Student Leadership Summit to Combat Sexual Assault held last week at Ohio University in Athens, OH. RALIANCE’s John Finley presented a workshop for student activists and leaders committed to ending sexual violence nationwide that focused on how sports culture can be leveraged as a critical part of the solution to ending sexual assault on college campuses, and how our work can move beyond simply labeling athletes as perpetrators to an understanding best practices for engaging them in a prevention movement.  Students shared their experiences with sports culture on their campuses, and discussed the best ways to get athletes to take preventing sexual violence seriously.

RALIANCE has developed its Sport + Prevention Center that highlights strategies and resources for sport to be part of the solution to end sexual violence.

Accepting Nominations for the Linda Saltzman New Investigator Award

The 7th Linda Saltzman New Investigator Award recognizes an outstanding new investigator with 2-10 years of experience working in the field of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, teen dating violence, human trafficking, or related issues. RALIANCE has joined with Futures Without Violence, the CDC Foundation, and a committee of experts to select one outstanding individual to receive the Linda Saltzman New Investigator Award for 2020. The recipient will receive passage to the 2020 National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence in Chicago, IL, which includes airfare, hotel, waived Conference registration (April 26-28th, 2020) and a small stipend. Additionally, they will be guaranteed a Presentation slot and mentoring session (15 minutes) with a leader in the anti-violence field.  The awardee will be recognized during the conference by representatives of Futures Without Violence, RALIANCE, and the CDC Foundation.

Nominations are accepted from professionals in the field, as well as from the Conference’s Steering Committee, and will be selected based on the quality of their research and its implications for the field; commitment to underserved communities; mentorship and collaboration with fellow researchers, health providers and advocates in the field. We are interested in research candidates who come from a variety of professions including, but not limited to doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, public health professionals and advocates.

Nominees will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • How their research reflects potential to answer critical questions in the field
  • Usefulness of the research for practice
  • How their work demonstrates a commitment to the underserved communities (with respect to race, gender, sexual orientation, income/class, etc.)
  • How their work demonstrates a commitment to fellow researchers, health providers and advocates in the field through collaboration, training and/or mentoring
  • Publications from the nominee (including quality, prestige and number of publications in consideration with number of years in the field)
  • How their area of focus is relevant to the award, Dr. Saltzman and/or this field:

To nominate a candidate, please submit the following 3 items:

1.    Click here to access the electronic Candidate Submission/Application Form (also linked below).

2.   A narrative of up to 2 pages addressing the questions designated on the form below.

3.   The candidate’s CV which describes their education, any publications and their work in the field of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, teen dating violence, human trafficking, or related issues.

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 at 5pm Pacific (6pm Mountain; 7pm Central; 8pm Eastern). All will be informed between September 30-October 4, 2019.

Football players in a huddle #RollRedRollPBS Monday, June 17 at 10 PM on PBS

Podcast: Roll Red Roll Documentary Film Director Nancy Schwartzman

Ahead of today’s debut of the Roll Red Roll  documentary on PBS, Director Nancy Schwartzman spoke with Brian Pinero, former RALIANCE National Project Coordinator, about the film’s efforts to document the aftermath of the 2012 high school rape case in Steubenville, Ohio and shed light on the broader culture that normalizes and enables sexual violence. Below are lightly edited excerpts from the interview. The full podcast is available here.

Sport, a Beautiful Platform for Prevention

A few months ago, Valencia Peterson (Coach V) of Open Door Abuse Awareness & Prevention, was a presenter on RALIANCE’s webinar discussing her prevention work with high school football. Coach V perfectly described how sport can help prevent sexual and domestic violence:

Recently, we came across a story highlighting the work Coach V and her organization are doing with high school football in the Philadelphia area.

Op Ed: The Weinstein Case Indicts Our Entire Culture

Read the full Op Ed by RALIANCE’s Kristen Houser on Ms. Magazine: The Weinstein Case Indicts Our Entire Culture on April 29.

Here’s an excerpt:

As Harvey Weinstein heads to a hearing this month, in advance of his criminal trial on charges of sexual assault in June, new facts are sure to emerge about the many allegations against him. The film producer’s actions, and the “he said, she said” dynamic that accompanies many of these cases, will likely dominate the public conversation.

But we must not overlook the fact that Weinstein’s story represents a case study—one that showcases why we must establish a wider culture that takes sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse seriously.

From The Safe Sport Law To Your Organizational Policies: Preventing Sexual Abuse In Adaptive Sports

Most organizational leaders are concerned about preventing sexual abuse in their programs, yet at times it can be hard to know where to begin. This web conference will provide a practical overview of how to develop and implement an organizational prevention plan, which includes policies, staff training, and creating a strong organizational culture. An adaptive sports organization leader will share his experience of developing and implementing a sexual abuse prevention policy and an experienced facilitator of organizational strategic planning around abuse prevention will present tools and strategies your organization can use. The web conference will also provide an overview of the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, effective February 14, 2018, and the steps leaders can take to ensure that their programs are meeting the requirements. Links to examples of organizational prevention policies are provided below, as well as sample planning documents to help leaders assess your programs’ greatest needs and strengths. This web conference is useful to anyone who is interested, but will focus specifically on organizations that support athletes with disabilities. This web conference took place April 10, 2019.


Meg Stone, Director, IMPACT & IMPACT:Ability Triangle 

Katie Hanna, Director of Education, U.S. Center for SafeSport

Joe Walsh, President & Director, Adaptive Sports New England


Apply learning to create policies, culture, and training to prevent sexual violence in organizations

Cite examples of tools and policies to help organizations implement prevention programming

Assess organizations’ compliance of federal legislation for protections against sexual violence, abuse, and harassment


Web conference PowerPoint slides [PDF]

Management and Leadership for Abuse Prevention Principles [PDF]

Prevention Plan Worksheet [PDF]

SEEM Collaborative Touch Guidelines [PDF]

Adaptive Sport New England Safe Sport Policy [PDF]

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies & SafeSport Code [link]

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