ReSpec: Accountability Support

The Games and Online Harassment Hotline runs a drop-in monthly meeting space for people who have caused harm in games spaces and are engaged in taking ownership of our choices and behaviors and the impact they have, regardless of intent. We want to stop the cycle of harm in our lives, and here we offer mutual support on our respective and ongoing paths of accountability.

These meetings are intended to offer mutual support, where folks are invited to listen to and share with each other around their lived experiences and what they’re striving towards. These are not group therapy sessions, don’t use a traditional peer support model, and won’t provide individual processes for specific incidents of harm.

Humanity, Dignity, & Change

We’re here with the hope of restoring humanity and dignity to the experience of causing harm and living with it, while also centering the reality that we hurt people. We want to make things as right as we can and prevent further harm from happening again in the future.

Harm includes any action or behavior that has an adverse or damaging effect on others. Some examples that we’ve focused on in this space include

  • misuse of power, force, or intimidation
  • manipulation, gaslighting, or coercion
  • sexual assault and harassment (including unwanted advances, touching, and forced or coerced sexual acts)
  • perpetuating sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and other forms of oppression.

Interested in dropping in? Fill out this form for an invite.