SPECIAL REPORT: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault in the Climbing Community

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Date: 
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 21:00
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Alpinist & American Alpine Club

Between May and July of 2018, the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault in Climbing survey was conducted in two languages and three countries (US, Mexico and Australia) to collect data about SHSA in the climbing community. The survey was initiated and coordinated by Charlie Lieu, an operational strategist with 20+ years of big data and decision analytics experience. The survey was developed and tested by a team of experts led by Dr. Callie Marie Rennison, a renowned victimologist, and leading expert in statistical and survey methods. The distribution was driven by Katie Ives at Alpinist, and shared by over 40 organizations and countless individuals around the world.

Data analysis was completed by Dr. Rennison with support from Ms. Lieu. Responses gathered were generalized for the purpose of reporting, and have already helped partner organizations improve policies to reduce incidents, increase understanding, and provide better support systems for all climbers. 

The Report is documented in the article Out from the Shadows: Sexual Harassment and Assault in Climbing Communities published by Alpinist Magazine 
Authors Charlie Lieu MS, MBA, and Callie Marie Rennison, PhD

The full report - Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault in Climbing is available online at http://www.alpinist.com/doc/_print/web18c/wfeature-shsa-survey-results

The American Alpine Club and other organizations have launched the SafeOutside initiative. "#SafeOutside is an independent grassroots initiative designed to combat sexual harassment and sexual assault (SHSA). Organizations from climbing and outdoor communities around the world have joined forces to collect data, drive conversation, share best practices, provide press coverage and address the issues." More information is available at https://americanalpineclub.org/safeoutside

Posting Dates: 
Sunday, September 16, 2018 to Wednesday, September 16, 2020