As we prepare for RWA2018, I feel it is a good time to reassure and remind members that RWA is committed to providing a safe, harassment-free environment. As a business league whose purpose is to improve business conditions and advance the professional interests of romance writers, RWA leaders wish to repudiate the notion that romance writing is an “intimate business.” Romance publishing is a business that is conducted on professional terms like any other business, and no one should ever assume that sexual attention among authors and publishing professionals is appropriate.
RWA adopted an antiharassment policy in 2015, which prohibits harassment related to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, or religion; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. We are committed to providing safeguards and procedures for conference attendees to recognize and report harassment.
Please take a moment to read the RWA conference conduct and antiharassment policy, which may be found at http://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=1404.
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