What is your policy on sexual harassment?
NoVaTEEN has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for harassment of any kind. This applies to, but it not limited to:
unwanted touching, physical assault, unwanted physical contact, stalking, offensive verbal comments or verbal harassment, unwanted remarks of a sexual nature, unwanted photography or recording, bathroom policing, intentional disruption of programming, unwanted physical attention or commentary, in relation to, but not limited to: race, religious beliefs/customs, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, language, gender identity, gender presentation, age, body size, disability, physical appearance, attire, pregnancy.
Any person engaging in these behaviors will be subject to immediate disciplinary action by the NoVaTEEN staff upon notification of breach of this policy, which may result in being banned from the festival. This policy applies to everyone at the festival—attendees, authors, volunteers, moderators, staff, exhibitors, press, etc. Please note that this policy is in effect at all areas of the festival: public spaces for panels, in lines for food trucks, bathrooms, green rooms, hallways, parking lots, and anywhere else within the NoVaTEEN premises.
Consent is essential. Always ask first and wait for someone to grant verbal permission if you wish to touch someone’s clothing, property, or the person. If someone says no, or tells you they feel uncomfortable, respect their request and desist immediately. “No” means no. “Stop” means stop. “Go away” means go away. If you continue to attempt to interact with those people, you may be removed from the premises.
Anyone may report harassment. If someone’s behavior has made you uncomfortable at all, or if you witness something happening to someone else, you may immediately contact a member of the NoVaTEEN staff. If one is not present in your vicinity, a volunteer in a red shirt can escort you to a senior staff member, or you can call the bookstore main line at 703-300-9746. You may also come to the One More Page book sales table (directly outside the auditorium) to report an incident, where we will have someone throughout the day who can help you. If necessary, we will contact local law enforcement, provide escort, offer a safe place, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to make sure they feel safe for the rest of the festival.
NoVaTEEN strives to create a safe environment in which to celebrate Young Adult literature. Everyone should feel comfortable and respected during their time with us. We will do everything we can to ensure the best experience for everyone participating and attending the event.