It is everyone’s responsibility to understand, ask for, and choose whether to give or withhold consent. Together, we seek to create a safe and consensual space where people are accepted and able to explore themselves and their sexuality.
These are the consent guidelines we expect everyone at the Columbus Space to follow while you are with us. (We hope you will follow them outside our doors as well.):
1. No touching people or personal property without permission.
2. Treat everyone as an equal by default. Everyone has responsibility to obtain, provide, or withhold consent regardless of sex, gender, race, ethnicity, ability, age, orientation, relationship status, sexual power dynamics, or any other identity.
3. Negotiate the scope of your activities. We recommend making clear that all parties involved have given consent to the proposed acts.
4. Each participant is responsible for making sure, to the best of their ability, that everyone involved has the physical, mental, and emotional capacity to give informed and voluntary consent during negotiation and during the activity itself.
5. Anyone can withdraw consent at any time during any activity. Participants need to agree on meanings for safewords or safesigns when they are being used. All participants shall endeavor to be clear and unequivocal when withdrawing consent. (The house safeword is “Red” or “Safeword”.)
6. All participants are responsible for stopping immediately any activity at the withdrawal of consent from anyone.
7. Unless previously agreed upon, we recommend not re-negotiating in the middle of an activity. When a person is not in a clear state of mind, you may not have full or informed consent even though they agree in the heat of the moment.
8. If your consent is violated or you experience a consent injury, verbally tell a Director, event organizer, or clearly marked delegate. There is a procedure in place to help you. If you are unable to do so, inform the Directors by phone or email as soon as possible. It is your right to report what happened to you and to ask for support.
9. Violation of the consent policy may result in expulsion from the event and/or temporary or permanent ban from The Columbus Space events or activities. There are procedures in place to handle violation of this policy and those procedures will be followed by all volunteers, staff, and delegates. No one is exempt from the policy.
10. Disclaimer: Every reasonable effort will be made to enforce this policy, but The Columbus Space does not make representations or guarantees about its ability to do so. Each situation is distinct and will be reviewed on a case by case basis. All participants and attendees retain full, sole responsibility for their safety and the safety of others with whom they interact.
To Report Consent Incidents or Request a Consent Advocate
Request a member of the staff to help you find a Columbus Space Director.
Email Directors@ColumbusSpace.com This email is monitored by Directors, and will be assigned depending on whomever is the appropriate person for each instance.