Young Act sexual harassment – members removed, investigation started

A follow up to Young Act acknowledge claims of sexual harassment from vice president – the vice president who resigned when going public on her claims is “pleased with the actions that are now being taken”.

Two Young Act members have been ‘removed’, and the Act Party president has appointed an employment lawyer to investigate and says “the allegations were being taken very seriously”.

 

Stuff: Young ACT members booted out, vice-president resigns over sexual harassment claims

The vice-president of Young ACT has resigned and two members of the youth wing have been kicked out amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Young Act president Felix Poole acknowledged the youth wing had failed Gammeter, saying it did not have a system in place to deal with complaints.

“It was our fault,” he said.

“There was hesitancy on the behalf of Young ACT to act because we had no system or guidelines in place.”

He said the offending had taken place online, and there were two further incidents, but did not elaborate.

Two members of Young ACT had been removed as a result, and it would be conducting its own investigation, as well as a possible independent inquiry.

The members had been blocked from Young ACT’s social media, and Poole said he did not think they would appeal the decision.

It was not calling in the police but would co-operate if they were brought in, he said.

RNZ: Young ACT to investigate sexual harassment of vice president

The Act Party has hired an employment lawyer to conduct an independent investigation into the allegations of misconduct within its youth wing.

Andrea Twaddle has been appointed by the party to investigate the claims of sexual harassment made by Gammeter.

ACT president Tim Jago said the party first became aware of Gammeter’s allegations last night.

Jago said the allegations were being taken very seriously.

“We will be providing Ms Gammeter with any support she requires,” he said.

MP and party leader David Seymour seems to be keeping a distance from this.

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.

@PrebblesRebbles: Young ACT is the youth wing of ACT. Since 1996 we’ve been committed to promoting & discussing freedom across New Zealand

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.