[Community-Discuss] Allegation of Harassment

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Thu Mar 22 18:04:33 UTC 2018

> On Mar 22, 2018, at 07:08, Evelyn Namara <evelyngeek at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I seem to get a general sense that the sexual allegations are a lesser concern to this community than the NDA violation. To me, both offenses carry the same weight and
> therefore should be treated with the same level of urgency.

I don’t think that’s entirely accurate. 

What is true, however, is that there is evidence behind the NDA violations while the sexual harassment allegations remain just that... allegations without evidence. 

> One of the reasons more women are not in this tech Industry even after studying and excelling in Technology and Engineering degrees is because of fear of their own safety.

I agree the issue must be taken seriously. However, it is also important that we do not get into a lynch mob mentality and pursue punishment prior to evaluation of evidence and proof of guilt. 

> We must be very vocal on issues of sexual harassment especially in a male-dominated field.

I think there has been no shortage of vocalist, but reason, impartiality, and evidence are also required. So far, those things are in short supply with regards to this particular allegation. 

> Yes, I know these allegations are pending investigations; so don't remind me of this; My one plea is that this issue is not swept under the rug and that it is looked at
> with the ultimate care and urgency, it deserves.

I believe that is happening. The board resolution passed unanimously. The GC has a timeframe and a budget. What, exactly are you asking for that isn’t being done?

> It would also be helpful for the community to know the timelines of these investigations. Are we waiting for weeks, months, a year?

The board resolution called for a report from the GC by the end of April. 

> When should we expect a report on these issues?

The board has committed to releasing the report to the community after receiving it, so I would presume some time in early May. 


> Thank you.
>> On Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 4:55 PM, Sander Steffann <sander at steffann.nl> wrote:
>> Hi Isabel,
>> > PS. Is Hytham laying low hoping to be forgotten?
>> He doesn't seem to have been the person violating the NDA, so that part of the accusation doesn't relate to him.
>> Cheers,
>> Sander
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