Young Act acknowledge claims of sexual harassment from vice president

On Twitter last night Ali Gammeter announced she was resigning as vice president of Young Act due to “For months I have been sexually harassed, slutshamed, and ignored”.

While it isn’t clear from this a reasonable presumption is that complaints about the behaviour may have been ignored.

President of Young Act, Felix Poole, said the youth wing had failed Gammeter and that they did not have a system in place to deal with complaints.

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NZ Herald have picked this up: Young Act vice-president resigns, claiming sexual harassment

Young Act said this morning “prevalent and systematic incidents of harm have occurred within its organisation”.

Also, there was justified criticisms about how members and those using its platforms interact with each other.

“We have failed a standard of care that we owe our members, and for that we apologise. We can and will do better.”

“Those responsible will be held accountable within the organisation itself and higher if that is the action victims want to go ahead,” it said.

“We have taken steps to begin this investigation immediately through the monitoring of posted content that crosses the boundaries of reasonable discourse and our action to present future incidents of harassment from occurring within Young Act begins today.”

“This equity policy will give us a framework to deal with bullying, harassment and discrimination and set a standard of behaviour required of members and those using our platforms that has been absent. This not only includes behaviour in the real world but Young Act online spaces as well.”

President of Young Act, Felix Poole, said the youth wing had failed Gammeter and that they did not have a system in place to deal with complaints.

He said the organisation has started establishing guidelines to deal with harassment complaints in the future.

Act leader David Seymour said the party will be issuing a statement later in the day.

This looks bad for Act.

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32 Comments

  1. lurcher1948

     /  7th May 2020

    Wait wait ats alright when rightwingers do it

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  7th May 2020

      Who says its all right? The article is full of right wingers saying it isn’t.

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      • Blazer

         /  7th May 2020

        Pile on in then. .give it the attention Labour got for their storm in a teacup

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  7th May 2020

          No details yet, B. And Victoria Uni is full of b.s. at the best of times so sifting out the facts could be like finding a needle in a silage pit.

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        • NOEL

           /  8th May 2020

          Labours case, how looooooong ago was that ,continues to surface on No Minister when discrediting Labour.
          Some how don’t see this one getting much traction there.

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    • Pink David

       /  7th May 2020

      Funny. A complete inversion of the truth.

      “I Believe Tara Reade. I’m Voting for Joe Biden Anyway”

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      • Duker

         /  7th May 2020

        So you are supporting Trump who has been accused as well because ?..or are you are concern trolling.
        Trump has shown in 2016 for most voters its the policy that matters not the past history
        remember this one , well before ‘candidate trump’
        In a 2011 interview with In Touch Weekly, published in full in January, Ms Daniels spoke at length about meeting Mr Trump at a charity golf tournament in July 2006.

        She alleged that the pair had sex in his hotel room at Lake Tahoe, a resort area between California and Nevada, and had an “ongoing” relationship after this encounter. Mr Trump denied the allegations.
        And later Trump denied the ‘payments’ as well.
        Then when the payment was known, he denied it was campaign contributions but later said “he knew.”

        How many falsehoods has Trump made over Stormy Daniels, even if it was consensual
        https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43988586

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        • Pink David

           /  7th May 2020

          “So you are supporting Trump who has been accused as well because ?..or are you are concern trolling.”

          I am pointing out the standard is very simple. Allegations of sexual abuse are drawn on political lines. It moves from ‘believe all women’ when it’s Trump or Kavanagh and there actions should exclude them from political office, but the moment it is a Democrat, it’s of no importance.

          There is a word for this behaviour.

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          • Duker

             /  7th May 2020

            Yes Trump was happy to parade Bills problem women…..because Trump was safe as he denied every thing but was lying…there’s a word for that

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  2. Conspiratoor

     /  7th May 2020

    Ok I know I’m not the right demographic to be responding to this news but since she has chosen to put this in the pubic arena she deserves what is coming, for better or worse.

    What happens now. It is reasonable to expect some followup from her to this tweet. Specifically..

    a) what steps she took during all these months to stop the alleged offender(s) slutshaming her, whatever that term means

    b) who she told and what action they took, if any, to stop the slutshaming

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    • Duker

       /  7th May 2020

      Its not a womens job to stop harrasment that is in breach of the Party rules
      Its for the offenders to take action to correct and apologise if necessary

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    • Gezza

       /  7th May 2020

      How much of that we get to hear about may be determined by how much detail the young lady wants people to know.

      When President of Young Act, Felix Poole, says the youth wing failed her and that they did not have a system in place to deal with complaints, that adds to her credibility.

      Young lady seems to have taken the bull by the horns & gone for a courageous action. I’m with her for now.

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      • Gezza

         /  7th May 2020

        …what steps she took during all these months to stop the alleged offender(s) slutshaming her, whatever that term means

        “Slut-shaming is the practice of criticizing people, especially women and girls, who are perceived to violate expectations of behavior and appearance regarding issues related to sexuality. The term is used to reclaim the word slut and empower women and girls to have agency over their own sexuality.” – Wikipedia

        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slut-shaming#Definitions_and_characteristics

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  7th May 2020

          Quite. The question is which bull and which horns are involved here.

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        • Conspiratoor

           /  7th May 2020

          What the devil does this mean G?

          “perceived to violate expectations of behavior and appearance regarding issues related to sexuality”

          Whose expectations of behaviour and appearance? Where are these expectations documented lest I breach them? Is it still permissible to remark on a woman’s beauty?

          Where does this end? When we are all androgynous, sexless beings, stripped of all distinction between man and woman?

          I despair

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  7th May 2020

            Step softly, C, lest you tread on others’ right to victimhood at one extreme or support vile and crass behaviour at the other. Without detail judgement is impossible.

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            • There’s no point in reclaiming a word that has always been an insult, long before it had the modern meaning. It derives from slattern and used to mean a messy, slovenly woman. Why would anyone want to ‘reclaim’ it when it’s always had a derogatory meaning ? Who’d call themselves that? What would they mean by it ?

            • Conspiratoor

               /  7th May 2020

              I sense the threshold for ‘vile and crass behaviour’ has been redefined since we were young and you and I are both out of step. However we shall soon be able to apply our own judgement, assuming the complainant feels obliged to provide detail

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  7th May 2020

              To be fair, Kitty, it is just a defence against the sexist assumption that it is acceptable for a man to have multiple sexual partners but not a woman. How widespread that assumption now is or ever was, I don’t know.

          • Gezza

             /  7th May 2020

            @ c

            Soz – hit by the Random WordPress Wilkinson effect. Reply went to a new comment space further below.

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  3. duperez

     /  7th May 2020

    I think if it looks bad for Act it’ll be for about two minutes, in a sense of a ‘two minute wonder.’
    As far as looking bad in an electoral sense, the significance will register down in the .00007 area.
    David Seymour will win Epsom, I don’t know how many party votes they have to get before someone else tags along. (or others.) Will an incident like this be decisive in seeing the hundreds or thousands needed to make a difference, vote for Act or not?

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  4. Gezza

     /  7th May 2020

    Well, I’m just gonna wait for the Party statement & see where things go from there.

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  5. Gezza

     /  7th May 2020

    My body clock’s well out & my sleep cycle’s totally up the wop. Might watch Question Time on the teev in a few minutes at 2pm. Probably end up drifting into the Land Of Nod pretty quickly for a couple of hours.

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  6. Gezza

     /  7th May 2020

    Whose expectations of behaviour and appearance? Where are these expectations documented lest I breach them? Is it still permissible to remark on a woman’s beauty?

    Where does this end? When we are all androgynous, sexless beings, stripped of all distinction between man and woman?

    I don’t know, c. I went off to sleep on the sofa before Jacinda even got her answer to Simon’s Question number 1 at Question Time & have only just woken up & come in from a cold wind p, darkening skies visit to thecfence to feed two bewildered but grateful adult pooks named Bluey & Sweety, & two voracious, whiny pooklings with no names yet who get all excited & flap their way up the bank from down in the stream, yelling their little black-feathered, red-plated heads off with joy at getting a free bread-chunk lolly scramble.

    I looked at the details given under the Definitions & Characteristics link above but me brain is still a bit fuzzy from sleep so concentration wasn’t the sharpest.

    I, like many of my male colleagues, at one point several decades back ran into problems with a small cabal of rabid feminists who’d took over an entire small specialist unit & recruited only from among their ilk. They were a humourless lot of the type who’d stop everyone at the door to give you all a lecture if you opened a door for them on the way to a meeting – accusing one of believing women were incapable of opening doors for themselves, oblivious to the fact that one had politely held it open for several colleagues, male and female.

    They all eventually got partners & successfully bred, so perhaps it was just a phase. It was a time when it was lunch-time walk fun to watch them stop & cross the street to loudly abuse some random wolf-whistler from a multi-level building site. After a time, tho, I noticed that wolf-whistling eventually disappeared from the urban construction environment.

    I think the only reliable guide to what is unacceptable male/female social & mating dance behaviour now is that if a particular female tells one to cut it out or not do something – stop it.

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    • Gezza

       /  7th May 2020

      Which reminds me – just as a minor diversion for the moment.

      I know of several female architects, & have encountered one female trainee builder/carpenter, & one female trainee plumber.

      Has anyone here encountered a female Sparky yet?

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      • Blazer

         /  7th May 2020

        I have….the electricity was…unbelievable…she was a real live wire but unfortunately it burnt ..out eventually.

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  7. Gezza

     /  8th May 2020

    I had a quick look around Stuff.co national & home pages, & also on the ACT website, to see if the party had issued a statement (I thought they said they would sometime yesterday – but nowt, nuthink, zero, zip, nada.

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    • Gezza

       /  8th May 2020

      ) the missing closed bracket

      That was late last night – or probly early this morning.

      Reply
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