All members of the Zouk Unity community have the right to feel safe, exercise their consent and have their boundaries respected throughout the entire duration of their attendance at the event. Therefore, all attendees are agreeing to adhere to the Consent Code of Conduct as a condition of entry. Those who do not adhere to the Code of Conduct will be held accountable for their actions through a process outlined in the protocol section of this document. This may result in suspension or expulsion from the event, or legal action, as necessary. All incidents involving violations of the Consent Code of Conduct will be handled with compassion, care, discretion and professional integrity.
The purpose of the Zouk Unity Consent Policy and Code of Conduct is to keep our community safe. In order to uphold standards of safety with integrity it is necessary to have guidelines and provide processes of accountability for our community.
The consent policy applies to everyone who enters Zouk Unity Classes, events, and engages in our activities including participants, artists, and DJs. By entering Zouk Unity Classes and events, you are agreeing to this Consent Code of Conduct.
If a personal boundary has been crossed or a consent incident has taken place, please contact Zouk Unity team (Heidi Anastasia, Sunny Wo, Sara Lim and Jeff Zhou), if you feel you are in immediate danger. You may also contact Zouk Unity directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also fill out an Incident Report Form (https://forms.gle/eh71PaBRQrQM99G48) online, either during, or after the event.
We are committed to maintaining a safe environment for all members of our community, and will support individuals involved to report and address the situation with compassion, discretion, and care. Once a consent incident has been documented and reported, we will support individuals toward creating accountability, reconciliation, and restoration of safety.
DEFINITION OF CONSENT
Consent is an empowered decision rooted in personal agency. It is the giving of permission or agreement to participate in an interaction or activity. Consent is active not static, which means that at any point during an activity or interaction, one’s consent may be withdrawn, even if it was given at the outset. Consent is given freely and wholeheartedly with autonomy; it is not hesitant, manipulated, or coerced.
PRINCIPLES & PROTOCOLS FOR ENGAGING WITH CONSENT
Zouk Unity is committed to creating a safe haven of creativity and personal growth for all participants. Here are our Community Consent guidelines of etiquette, or Code of Conduct, so everyone feels safe and at choice.
Consent First: All participants are encouraged to receive explicit verbal or non-verbal consent before any interaction that involves physical contact.
Yes & No: “Yes” means yes. “No” means no. Hesitation or “Maybe” also means “No”.
Check In: Check in during any physical activity for another “Yes”. Ask questions, talk, or clarify when ambiguous (e.g. Do you feel safe? Does that feel good? Do you want to continue?).
Consent Resets: A “Yes” once does not mean “Yes” in the future. Avoid making assumptions.
Be Attentive: Respecting consent even in the absence of words. Watch for cues in body language which may communicate that someone is hesitant or uncomfortable with an interaction (i.e. averting eyes, nervous laughter, frowning, non-responsive). If you pick up any cues, check in and ask if the other person would like to end the interaction.
Say or indicate Stop: Want an interaction to end but you don’t know what to say? Use the word “Stop”, or otherwise indicate that you want to stop the interaction. The word “Stop” is understood to mean you want an interaction to end.
Compliance: If someone says “Stop” to you, that means your interaction ends immediately.
Respect Individual Agency: Avoid convincing, coercing, or manipulating another person to engage with you in an activity or interaction when their answer is “Maybe”, “No”, or “Stop”.
Communicate: It is encouraged to talk about what just happened with the individual to build and spread awareness. If you say “Maybe”, “No” or “Stop”, the individual may respectfully ask for an explanation, but they are not entitled to one from you. If you feel pressured, and/or if you don’t feel comfortable talking to them, tell others what happened or speak to Heidi right away. We and the community are here to help.
Contact: Contact a Zouk Unity Team member if you think you may have crossed someone’s boundaries, had your boundaries crossed, or gotten into a questionable situation around consent.
If you see or experience consent behaviour that is inconsistent with the above guidelines, please feel empowered to report it via
the Incident Report Form - (https://forms.gle/eh71PaBRQrQM99G48) immediately.
CONSENT INCIDENT PROTOCOLS
There are various types of boundary-crossings; however, for the purposes of our protocols and procedures we will place them into two basic categories: minor and major consent incidents.
DEFINITIONS OF CONSENT INCIDENT
Minor Consent Incident: Not checking-in, or accidentally overstepping boundaries. This generally involves a dynamic where there was an ambiguity in what the participants’ boundaries were. Interactions proceeded in the absence of a clear verbalisation of “Yes” or “No”. The person whose boundary was crossed may not have had the opportunity or ability to articulate that they were not comfortable with an interaction before it happened, leaving them feeling uncomfortable, violated, or unsafe.
Major Consent Incident: A forceful crossing of boundaries after explicitly being told “No” or “Stop” either verbally or nonverbally. A violation of this sort is characterized by an attempted overpowering of an individual - of their ability to leave the situation or to set their own physical personal boundaries easily, freely, and with personal agency. This may include (but is not limited to): harassment (including repeated questioning), assault, or abuse. In the case of violations of sexual consent it may include: fondling or unwanted touching up to and including penetration, or forcing someone to perform physical or sexual acts of any kind.
ACCOUNTABILITY & RECONCILIATION FOR CONSENT INCIDENTS
Zouk Unity work with the ‘4 A’s of Accountability’: a framework for addressing consent incidents and creating accountability, reconciliation, and restoration of safety for our participants.
Acknowledgement: Both parties are encouraged to acknowledge that a boundary was crossed and, if possible, to establish an account of the consent incident that both parties can agree is accurate.
Apology: The person who crossed the boundary is encouraged to give an appropriate apology to the person whose boundary was crossed. In the case of minor consent incidents, this step may be enough to bring about reconciliation.
Amends: If appropriate, we will encourage the person who crossed the boundary to make amends or in some way make up for the damages caused to the person whose boundary was crossed.
For example if damage was caused to a physical item they owned, amends could consist of paying the cost of its replacement. If there was injury caused to the body, amends could consist of offering to pay relevant medical costs. In the case of major violations, perhaps providing resources for the person to have access to therapy or counselling with a service provider of their choice. Regardless of the degree or nature of the amends being made, the person whose boundary was crossed has the right to decide what would be helpful or unhelpful, not the person who crossed the boundary.
Action: The person who stepped over the boundary of consent commits to take action to change their behaviour or mentality in some way so that they do not repeat the mistake of crossing the boundary in a similar circumstance in the future. This requires the person to consider what they could have done differently to prevent the consent incident from taking place, and committing to adjusting their behaviour in the future. For example, in the case of a minor consent incident, it may be a commitment to being more attentive when engaging in physical activities. In the case of a major consent incident, it may be committing to seek professional help, training, or therapy of some sort. At each stage, the person whose boundary has been crossed will be consulted to see if they would like to go to the next stage or if they are content and feel supported sufficiently with the stage we have reached. (i.e. Is acknowledgement enough or do we need to move toward an apology? If yes, is an apology enough or should we seek amends? Would amends be enough or should we seek action?).
REPORTING CONSENT INCIDENTS - DURING THE EVENT
Zouk Unity team (Heidi Anastasia, Sunny Wo, Sara Lim, and Jeff Zhou) will be available to receive and address reports of any consent or boundary crossing situations and incidents of inappropriate behaviour.
All incidents reported through the online Incident Report Form (https://forms.gle/eh71PaBRQrQM99G48) will go to Zouk Unity team only.
Minor Consent Incident Protocols:
First Minor Incident: Zouk Unity team will speak to both parties and encourage a conversation toward reconciliation and restoration of safety using the 4-A’s of Accountability model. They will also debrief with each party to ensure they are in a stable emotional and psychological state and can safely continue to participate at the event.
Second Minor Incident: The person who has violated Zouk Unity Consent Code of Conduct for the second time will have their participation in the event’s activities suspended.
In order for the suspension to be lifted: A successful reconciliation conversation between both parties using the 4-A’s of Accountability model will take place.
Third Minor Violation: The person who has violated Zouk Unity Code of Conduct for the third time will be banned, and not allowed back into the event.
Major Consent Violation Protocols:
First Major Incident: The person who has violated Zouk Unity Consent Code of Conduct will be asked to leave and their participation suspended immediately. Legal action may be considered. A ban from all future Zouk Unity classes and events may be considered. Zouk Unity Team will spend time with the person whose consent was violated to ensure the person is in a stable emotional and psychological state and can safely continue to participate at the event.
ONLINE INCIDENT REPORTING FORM
All minor and major consent incidents reported will be requested to be reported via the online Incident Report Form
(https://forms.gle/eh71PaBRQrQM99G48). It will be encouraged for reports to be specific in the description of the incident.
PUBLIC COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS
Make your voice heard and help spread a culture of consent. For comments, recommendations or questions please contact Zouk Unity.
Policy Contact Information
Zouk Unity Team
Beyond Blue - 24/7 telephone and online chat services with counsellors
Ph: 1300 224 636
Lifeline – 24/7 crisis support online, by text and by phone.
Ph: 13 11 14
Text: 0477 13 11 14
1800RESPECT – 24/7 service providing support for those who have experienced or are at risk of family, domestic violence and sexual assault.
Ph: 1800 737 732
NSW Mental Health Line - 24/7 phone service which provides links and referrals to mental health services
Ph: 1800 011 511
Transcultural Mental Health Line – phone service which provides information for mental health services for those from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds.
Ph: 1800 648 911