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#SafeOutside Survey - Join Us in Taking a Stand Against Sexual Assault and Harassment

Monday, August 27, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Laura Allured
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#SafeOutside is an independent grassroots initiative designed to combat sexual harassment and sexual assault (SHSA). Organizations from climbing and outdoor communities around the world, including the Climbing Wall Association, have joined forces to collect data, drive conversation, share best practices, provide press coverage and address the issues.


“The Climbing Wall Association is grateful to Charlie Lieu and Dr. Callie Rennison for pursuing this research project, which has brought the climbing community together to begin addressing the realities of sexual harassment and assault in our community. This research has uncovered important information that underscores the need for coordinated action," said Bill Zimmermann, CEO. "The indoor climbing industry has a major role to play in this work around SHSA. Thanks to the #SafeOutside initiative, we have a constructive way to begin this conversation, and I look forward to working with the climbing community at large to acknowledge this issue and provide support for positive change.”


The Survey

Between May and July of 2018, the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault in Climbing survey was conducted in two languages and three countries (US, Mexico and Australia) to collect data about SHSA in the climbing community. The survey was initiated and coordinated by Charlie Lieu, an operational strategist with 20+ years of big data and decision analytics experience. The survey was developed and tested by a team of experts led by Dr. Callie Marie Rennison, a renowned victimologist, and leading expert in statistical and survey methods. The distribution was driven by Katie Ives at Alpinist, and shared by over 40 organizations and countless individuals around the world.


Data analysis was completed by Dr. Rennison with support from Ms. Lieu. Responses gathered were generalized for the purpose of reporting, and have already helped partner organizations improve policies to reduce incidents, increase understanding, and provide better support systems for all climbers.


Download the full survey results report.


Our Official Statement

The Climbing Wall Association is sadden by the recent sexual harassment and sexual assault survey in which 1 in 2 women and 1 in 6 men reported having experienced sexual harassment or assault. We have already been working to address issues of diversity and inclusion in the last 6 months with an official Statement of Inclusion, as well as a focused effort to amplify the voices of those working on this issue within the climbing and outdoor industries. We look forward to continuing this work and supporting the efforts of #SafeOutside.


Get Involved

Join in the conversation and help spread the word about #SafeOutside by getting involved! The founders of the project have invited all interested individuals and organizations to add a statement to their websites addressing the problem of SHSA in the climbing community and share information about the initiative. To learn more, visit the #SafeOutside landing page at


You can also contribute to the GoFundMe campaign to provide financial support for the expansion of the #SafeOutside initiative. They intend to use the funds raised to:

  1. help organizations develop and refine policies, procedures and programs to address sexual harassment and assault
  2. invest in long-term education programs
  3. conduct deep policy research
  4. expand on our work with survivors
  5. bring perpetrators to justice when possible

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