In recent days, the pagan community has been rocked by news that Isaac Bonewits, the founder of ADF, has been accused of sexually assaulting a minor prior to the founding of ADF more than thirty years ago. In light of these allegations, White River Grove reaffirms that our community unilaterally condemns sexual abuse and assault such as the painful circumstances described by Moira Greyhaven. We are committed to maintaining a community that holds right action, consent, mutual care, and respect for all persons paramount.
We wish to acknowledge the immense bravery required for survivors to come forward and speak of such experiences, and commend that courage.
The Mother Grove of ADF has issued a series of official statements, which can be found HERE and HERE. The Mother Grove has promised to review internal policies to ensure that organizational policy reflects best practice in addressing instances of harassment, assault, and abuse, and are working to implement, on an organizational level, training related to supporting survivors, creating a culture of consent, and doing what we can to make sure this doesn’t happen again. White River Grove will be discussing reviewing our own bylaws to ensure we appropriately address how to handle situations of harassment, assault, and abuse, and we are independently researching training on sexual assault & harassment prevention, responding to these situations, and advocating for survivors.
It is our hope that our actions, policy, and decisions moving forward prove to victims and survivors of these types of crimes that both we as an individual Grove and ADF as a whole are committed to fostering a safe and healthy environment for everyone.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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