ANTI-HARASSMENT TOOLS AND RESOURCES
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From the President/CEO

OPERA America is equally committed to helping opera companies prevent harassment and individuals who have been victims of harassment, abuse and/or assault. Accordingly, staff have collected and organized resources into two categories: for ORGANIZATIONS and for INDIVIDUALS. Information is provided for anyone who needs immediate assistance.

All OPERA America general directors must review their anti-harassment policies on a regular basis, update them as needed and distribute them to all full-time staff, part-time employees, artists, trustees and volunteers. It is more important than ever to enforce these policies and promote organizational cultures that are respectful of everyone involved in our industry.

We are grateful to the company leaders who have shared information about how their policies were created, distributed and enforced. None of these is offered as a prescription; all of them are available as points of reference for your own work. Further, we recommend that company leaders seek local expertise to tailor policies and procedures to their own organizations and to secure training for staff, artists, board members and volunteers.

OPERA America is committed to fostering an industry-wide work environment that is conducive to our highest goal – to honor our shared humanity. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or suggestions you may have.

– Marc A. Scorca, President/CEO


Opera Conference 2018, held in St. Louis in June, featured a valuable session on this important topic, entitled Confronting Sexual Harassment, Abuse and Assault. View the presentation by Adrienne Davis, vice provost and William M. Van Cleve professor of law, Washington University in St. Louis, in part one of the session video below.



Visit the Opera Conference 2018 resource page to view parts two (panel discussion) and three (conclusion) of this session.
FOR INDIVIDUALS
If you are in crisis, contact the RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE or chat with a counselor online. The link below leads to additional national resources for anyone experiencing harassment in any form.


BYSTANDER TRAINING
Have you been in a position where you don’t know how to stop harassment or abuse? This simple guide will give you the tools to step in and help: Bystander Training Guide

ORGANIZATIONAL RESOURCES
To protect themselves and their employees, employers need to understand harassment and work to prevent it. Policies and tools are provided to assist the opera field with developing organizational procedures and responses.



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Further information will be added to this page as it is available. To contribute additional policies, tools, resources or articles, please e-mail AntiHarassment@operaamerica.org. OPERA America reserves the right to curate the contents of this web page.

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