The Society for the Advocacy of Safer Spaces has taken on the task of creating a blueprint for businesses to make changes to their spaces with the objective of making them safer and more inclusive for all patrons. The guideline recommendations were created in good faith in consultation with community groups, venue representatives and community leaders. These guidelines are intended to be a jumping off point, not a fait accompli.
By implementing the guidelines recommended by SASS, venues cannot guarantee the absolute absence of violence and discrimination within their space, nor can SASS guarantee the same. These guidelines are meant to improve conditions within the spaces themselves, and provide opportunities for recourse if an unfortunate incident does occur. As such, SASS cannot be held responsible, legally or otherwise, for any incidents that occur in any partnered venues. We can advocate for opportunities for recourse if an incident occurs and we will work with venues to connect with community resources when necessary.
Any agreements entered into by SASS and venues are voluntary and can be nullified by either party at any time. SASS reserves the right to advise the community of any changes to agreements made with venues as necessary.
SASS also cannot be held responsible, legally or otherwise, for any recourse that venues take against alleged perpetrators of discrimination or violence following incidents that occur in any partnered venues. Nor can SASS be held responsible due to a performer losing revenue as a result of a venue’s adherence to the SASS guidelines.
SASS reserves the right to maintain complete confidentiality of any community member who comes forward with a report of an incident as the reporting party deems necessary. Our primary objective is to support victims of violence and discrimination. We expect that venues who commit to working with SASS will provide the same confidentiality if this information is shared.
SASS will continue to advocate for spaces to take measures to become safer and more inclusive for as long as we are in existence. We will continue to evolve the guidelines based on community feedback, and continue to work with venues to help them follow the guidelines we recommend to them.