Why Perps Aren't Allowed:
Due to the large amount of community concern and feedback we feel it is important to address why Hysteria, a collective confronting sexual assaut, does not work with perpetrators. And why we enact a safer space policy at all our events that does not allow known perpetrators to attend.
Hysteria was formed as, and continues to be, a collective that works with survivors of sexual violence, not perpetrators. Initially we came up with
a collective boundary that said we would not work with perpetrators at all. However, over the past year and a half we have found this impossible to avoid. We do talk and provide resources to perpetrators when needed, but we still realize how important it is not to do too much of that work. We are a collective that wants to focus our time and energy on survivors and community education. We do not want our energy to go into perpetrators; we want our energy to go into survivors and safer spaces.
When a survivor publicly calls out their perpetrator normally the cycle is that the survivor loses friends, stops going out, and maybe even leaves town. We work to destroy this cycle. We do not advocate or even want perpetrators to be ostracized, but we do want them to
be accountable and acknowledge how their actions have and will always effect other people. Safer spaces are important because they offer survivors a place to go where they will not have to worry about running into perpetrators or oppressive behavior. We firmly believe one step in stopping the cycle is the creation of safer space policies and therefore at all our events we publicly ask known perpetrators to not attend and if they chose to we will ask them to leave.
Also, when people are publicly called out it is very common for the surrounding community to not be - or unsure how to be - supportive to the survivors needs. We want to pass along education and resources to create a supportive and safe community. These are areas we make priorities and will continue to work on. We do want to see more work done with perpetrators, but our collective is not the one do this work, we
have other goals and more projects than we could ever hope to finish. Hysteria fully supports any group that wants to step up and do this work and would love to be allies. This town and the radical community here desperately needs a mens group as well as a group working with perpetrators and we make ourselves available to talk to anyone thinking of picking up these projects.