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.