Safer Spaces Policy

At story slam, we want people to hear stories that they don’t hear anywhere else. That means making sure that story slam is a safer space than the world around it, so people from all walks of life feel as comfortable as possible to share their experiences.

Some things that are not okay include:

  • Harassment or abuse – verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual.
  • Using language or behaviour that hurts members of a marginalised group (eg. racist or sexist language)
  • Filming / photographing / recording without consent - including storytellers (our official story slam photographer operates on an ‘opt out’ basis,  let them know if you don’t want to be photographed)
  • Disrespecting consent boundaries. If someone doesn’t want to talk to you or be around you, leave them alone. If you’re not sure, ask.

People who cannot follow these guidelines aren’t welcome at story slam.

Whether it’s your first time at story slam, or you’re a seasoned veteran, you’re part of our community and we want you to feel as comfortable as possible. We encourage you to take initiative in respecting, setting, discussing, and defending boundaries. If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe confronting a situation, please talk to a member of the story slam team and we will try to help you as much as possible. You can also email us at saferstoryslam@gmail.com.

We recognise that we will all make mistakes. We want to hear if Story Slam, or any member of our team, has made you uncomfortable or unsafe. We’ll do everything we can to make it right. Let one of the members of our team know in person, or drop us an email.

Survivors of abuse are a really important part of the story slam community. If someone has hurt you and you don’t want them to be at story slam, we are happy to ask them not to come. We will always start from a place of believing survivors and we won’t take things any further than you want us to. More info about the specifics of how that works here.