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Old 12-19-2017, 06:32 PM   #1
AikiPaul
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Question Sexual Harassment Policies for an Aikido Organization

I'm trying to put together a policy on addressing sexual harassment for an aikido organization. This is of course timely with the new and much needed spotlight resulting from the Weinstein and other public figure scandals but unfortunately is also something that has occurred in the past in aikido and other martial arts.

If you know of an aikido organization or dojo that has a written policy and is willing to share it, please post or contact me. No trolls please.

Domo arigato!
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Old 12-21-2017, 03:46 PM   #2
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Re: Sexual Harassment Policies for an Aikido Organization

While I don't know of a specific policy about sexual harassment, many organizations have a code of conduct/ethics that can easily be interpreted to include it ...
Of course, if we have to tell our teachers that sexual harassment (or harassment of any kind) is inappropriate then we have already missed the boat ...

Lynn Seiser PhD
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We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
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Old 12-22-2017, 10:00 AM   #3
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Re: Sexual Harassment Policies for an Aikido Organization

Birankai has a harassment code that includes sexual harassment. I don't know where to find it online, but if you can't hunt it down, I'll take a picture of the printed copy in the dojo.
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Old 12-22-2017, 11:02 PM   #4
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Re: Sexual Harassment Policies for an Aikido Organization

Aikido Schools of Ueshiba has references to sexual harassment within the organization's Code of Ethics. You can find the text online at:
http://asu.org/about/code-of-ethics/

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Old 01-02-2018, 02:40 PM   #5
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Re: Sexual Harassment Policies for an Aikido Organization

I have had a policy for over 4 years now. I go over it every January with my students. I borrowed a lot of wording from my military days. BLUF: zero tolerance!

Shuurin Philosophy:

We at Shuurin agree and abide by the Code of Conduct and Ethics Charter presented by the Aikikai Foundation, Hombu Dojo Japan.

Discrimination and harassment - Physical contact between students who are training must be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the skill development of those students. Sexual harassment, defined as being where a person is subjected to unwanted or uninvited sexual behavior, will not be tolerated. Any form of discrimination based on sex, ethnic origin, language, color, or other form of differentiation will not be tolerated

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Old 01-15-2018, 06:27 PM   #6
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Re: Sexual Harassment Policies for an Aikido Organization

Thanks all for the input. It has been very helpful as I develop a stament and policy for my dojo and larger organization. Domo arigato goziamashita!
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