Youtopia Safety Townhall Meeting Recap

A public townhall meeting to discuss safety at Youtopia was held at colab on May 9th, 2015.

The areas where people expressed the most concern about YOUtopia safety were:
Being able to locate someone with a radio in an emergency
The presence of non-participants (gate crashers).
Incident reporting and record keeping procedures.
Sexual assault/rape/lurkers/creepers.
Consent, consent policies, consent culture.
A safe environment.
CPR/1st aid/green dot training for camps and individuals.
Rangers.
Confrontational participants.
Participant and volunteer liability.
Underage drinking.
Unattended children/lost parents.

The Safety Hub Leads discussed:
The new Safety Stations that are being implemented around the event.
New reporting and accountability processes, including the new Dispatch Department.
Civic Responsibility, including being a self-policing community and not assuming “someone else” will handle an issue.
Upcoming opportunities for local Ranger training.
Camp and individual proactive leadership in terms of safety and consent issues.
Security and volunteer perimeter observation.
The role of Rangers at the event.
The role of paid security at the event.
The role of Medical at the event.
The role of Fire Safety at the event.
The role of participants in terms of safety and security issues.

Community Leaders discussed:
Upcoming meetings to discuss and create talking points on consent culture.
Ideas from theme camps regarding commitments to consent culture behavior and language, signage, and proactive enculturation.
Self defense and its role at festivals.

Many of these areas will be part of the planned roll out of information from now until YOUtopia this year, so details on most of these topics are being prepared in the form of community announcements, website and event guide information, email blasts to ticket holders, and any number of public planning meetings for related topics.

If you have questions or concerns about safety at Youtopia, please contact safety@sdyoutopia.com