Amendment one ‘Reforming our Party’s Disciplinary Process: F11’
Last Spring, I spoke against our party’s disciplinary motion, “Our party aims to be agents of change and we do so by producing progressive policy’, I nervously spluttered, my first ever time speaking in that bright-light yet mustardy stage-space. So it is a natural progression then, that this Autumn conference I have submitted my first ever amendment.
Heart palpitations aside, I am hoping to positively reform the Party’s Disciplinary procedure. In order to lend my support to the overall motion I am seeking to persuade the members in the conference hall to take a innovative and user-led approach to tackling the scourge of sexual harassment and assault, unseen by any other political party to date.
From my experience, and after consulting with fellow female Liberal Democrats, with victims of abuse, and after seeking legal advice, I can see a way for us to take head on an issue which most other institutions sweep under the carpet.
The proposed system, AIR
My proposed system, Anonymised Incident Reporting (AIR), maximises complainant control when reporting or logging an offence, offering victims a variety of ways to anonymously detail what has happened to them or what they have been witness to.
To summarise, AIR allows survivors of sexual assault to create encrypted, time-stamped records of their assault, and to only formally hand their report to the party as a full complaint when they're ready to take action. It encrypts all information on both the complainant and assailant, and offers victims multiple options in how they handle their report and whether to turn it into a formal complaint.
An AIR system would allow the party to offer some initial support and advice to anonymous victims - both about how they move forward with their report and what other support they can seek.