Last week, Occupy Baltimore drew fire for a sexual assault policy that seemed to discourage reporting crimes to the police. Now they've revised the policy — and their efforts are a microcosm of gender issues in the movement as a whole.
The prior "security statement" drew criticism for the line "though we do not encourage the involvement of the police in our community, the survivor has every right, and the support of Occupy Baltimore, to report the abuse to the appropriate authorities," as well as for offering counseling to abusers and failing to list any professional resources for victims of sexual assault. Now the Occupy Baltimore General Assembly has released an official response to that statement. It says "the document in question was written, and distributed in leaflet form, by a now-replaced security team. It was never approved by the General Assembly or endorsed by #occupybaltimore." It also includes a new sexual offense policy, which states, in part,