Our culture has an ingrained habit of all-or-nothing responses to when harm happens, often focusing on punishment and removal of the person who caused harm from the community, or ignoring the behavior as well as ignoring survivors’ diverse needs. The time is long overdue to examine how to address what accountability for harm means, what options for responding to harm exist, how to build more options that are steeped in survivor needs, and why expanding responses to accountability prevents sexual harm from happening again. Join RALIANCE in this session for a discussion on expanding options for accountability in workplaces, communities, and society and the potential impacts on survivors, people who cause harm, our communities, and prevention.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe recent patterns of organizational accountability to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and violence
  2. Identify the intersections of advancing equity and expanding accountability options, including why we’re in the current all-or-nothing response system
  3. Discuss different options for accountability that center the needs of survivors, seek to change behavior to prevent violence from happening again, and keep all people involved whole


Monika Johnson-Hostler, Sandra Henriquez,  Karen Baker

Area of Focus