GSABA ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY
The Association seeks to provide an environment which will enable all people to develop their full sporting potentail and their ability to inter-relate freely on a social level.
The Association will therefore not tolerate victimisation, bullying or harassment of any kind which may interfere with the process of development.
Victimisation/harassment is defined as any behaviour, word or action, either covert or overt, against another person which intimidates or threatens that person. It can also include harassment using electronic devices, such as mobile phones and computers. (refer GSABA Cyber Bullying Policies)
Harassment occurs through the misuse of power. it may involve repeated verbal and or/physical attacks on a person by other person or group. It is intended to hurt, frighten or embarrass. It is usually deliberate, BUT it can be just thoughtless and careless.
Physical and Verbal: examples might include;
Name calling, teasing, comments intended to demean or put down a person's race, culture, religious or social background, appearance or sporting ability.
- threatening words of action - hitting, punching, jostling, delibrate pushing, spitting.
- hiding, vandalising, defacing another person's property e.g.ball, bag or personal possessions.
- insulting or spreading rumours about people and their family.
- the sending, receiving, viewing or storage of copyrighted, or obscene, offensive, pornographic, sexually explicit or sexually suggetive material.
- The sending, receiving, or storing of messages, images or rumours.
Sex based harassment: examples might include
- A deliberate action of brushing up against or touching another person.
- Calling of abusive names. rude gestures and suggetsing a person has loose morals
- Comments on the size or shape of a person's physical appearance.
- Pestering a person to go out with him/her.
- Sarcastic comments which are not genuine compliments or expressions of friendships.
Other harassment:examples might include:
- Deliberate exclusion in order to hurt.
- Offensive gestures or sounds
- Active harassment (direct peronal involvement)
- Being present and passively supportive when harassment by others is taking place.
Remember: Behaviour becomes harassment when the person has said it is unwelcome or unwanted and doesn't stop immediately.
What can I do if I feel harassed?
- Tell the person who is harassing you that what is occuring is unacceptable and that it is to stop and to leave you alone.
- Talk to a friend, listen to the advice and again tell the harasser to stop.
- Talk with your coach about it, your parent, the age group coordinator and even the child protection and safety officers.
Remember: Talking to someone is not "dobbing"
It is your right not to be harassed. A safe place is a caring place. If you are being harassed, other people do care. Your problem is our concern. Remember, each individual is protected by the Australian Legal System from victimisation and harassment.
HOW WILL THE GSABA DEAL WITH HARASSMENT?
The aim of the club is to restore good relationships. This can be done in the following ways.
For friends annd witnesses of the harassed:
- Acknowledge the issue.
- Talk to the harasser and urge them to stop
- Seek to have the issue reported.
For the harassed:
- Acknowledge the problem.
- Reported incidents will be dealt with.
- Counselling can be needed if required.
Against the harasser:
- Recognise the issue.
- Reported incidents will be dealt with through a scale of actions depending on the nature and seriousness of the offence, the impact on the victim and frequency of the offence. This could include any one or combination of the following.
- Discussion with parents
In order to contribute to the harmonious and efficient operation of the GSABA a number of rules apply. These are based on courtesy, common sense and consideration for others.