I’m calling on all CDP Chair candidates to take the #SurvivorsPledge.

  1. Immediately replace the CDP’s current law firm, Delfino Madden, with a law firm that has a background in restorative justice, and agree to only hire restorative-justice specialized law firms going forward. This will close an existing hypocritical loophole in Party norms. The CDP does not give money or business to organizations that don’t fit with our values in every other circumstance. It is standard practice for the CDP to only work with historically like-minded companies and organizations in every other order of business. The fact that they are only willing to compromise this in terms of who they hire to handle sexual misconduct is wildly disturbing. How will survivors feel safe coming forward after this if they know that the Party can and will hire a firm that doesn’t even remotely have their best interests at heart? The precedent this sets is catastrophically damaging, which is why this tenant of the Pledge is incredibly important.
  2. Publicly take institutional accountability by disclosing who it was that kept Delfino Madden on after their connection to me was made known. This decision not only caused incredible mental harm to me, but shattered the faith of so many people in the Party’s handling of this matter. We must be transparent going forward, and part of that process includes acknowledging which leaders in the CDP deemed this an acceptable strategy — and more specifically, deemed that knowingly retraumatizing a child rape survivor was an acceptable cost.
  3. Bring in an outside organization to study and reform the internal structure of the Party as it relates to sexual misconduct prevention and handling. This includes firms or individuals that can help set up more effective, comprehensive, compassionate anti-harassment training.

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Kate Alexandria

Kate Alexandria

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Bisexual enby space witch stuck in an uncooperative body on a dystopian planet. Twitter: @kfreddiea