Sexual Harm Task Force: Community Questionnaire
The Sexual Harm Task Force has been formed to develop a Shambhala Sexual Harm Policy and Procedure, to complement the existing Shambhala Care and Conduct Policy. The Task Force is eager to hear your suggestions. When providing feedback, please note the following about the plan for creating the new policy and procedure:
- The new policy will solely address complaints about sexual misconduct.
- One of the Task Force's main goals will be to create a policy and process where complainants are encouraged to come forward.
- The new policy and procedure will be informed by "Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct and Harm: Draft Policy" prepared by Crina Bondre Ardelean, Christopher Kreeger, Terry Rudderham, and Alexis Shotwell.
- The new policy will provide both formal and informal complaint procedures.
- All individuals who participate in Shambhala programs or who enter on to Shambhala properties will be subject to this policy.
The Sexual Harm Policy Task Force is comprised of the following individuals:
- Mary Goodman -GES Regional Desung Commander and a counseling psychotherapist in private practice in Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Dr. David Greenan - one of the founding member, of the NY Health and Well-Being council
- Deborah Marshall - Desung
- Ravenna Michalsen
- Dan Peterson - Desung Care and Conduct Officer
- Lakota Sandoe - Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT); Sexual Assualt Survivor; Trauma-Informed Shambhala Working Group Coordinator; Shambhala Guide
- Liz Silberstein - Attorney from the office of Shambhala's General Counsel
- Lektje Stephens Ph.D. - clinical psychologist and Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor
- Jane Arthur - Minister of Governance; Kalapa Council member
This task force is currently focusing on a policy for North America. We will be sharing this with Shambhala leadership in Europe where a similar effort is underway, and with Shambhala leadership in South America so that we are in concert throughout the Shambhala mandala.
The task force would like your input altogether, in particular your thoughts about the following questions:
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