The PEX Promise
The PEX community promises to treat all people equal and to never take into consideration race, religion, sexual identity, ethnicity, political or economic status in any decision. We also promise to protect and uphold the right of all of our members to be free to express themselves in any way that they want to as long as it does not infringe upon the rights of others or promote violence or hatred.
We will not tolerate acts of racism, sexism, violence, hatred, bigotry, predation, assault, intimidation or extortion in our community. Anyone who acts in this way will be asked to permanently leave the community.
PEX has always fostered a creative space where participants can feel free to express themselves openly, respectfully and lovingly through any modality that feels appropriate and nurturing to the highest good of self and all. The PEX community ethos is built on Burning Man’s 10 Principles and the 11th Principle of Consent.
PEX acknowledges that even in the safety of its own festival community, boundaries are not always respected as they should be, sexual harassment and assault happen, and these unfortunate moments and incidents are taken seriously and handled with care.
PEX encourages all of its participants to educate themselves on consent culture — how to integrate it in both the festival experience and daily life and also to engage in discussions about these issues to help shift perspectives on sexual assault. It is up to everyone – the festival and our participants – to ensure that PEX events continue to grow and uphold the values that form the framework of our community. To support this work, PEX has and will continue to provide resources and support to uphold consent culture in our home.
What is Consent?
Consent is when someone agrees, gives permission, or says YES to something proposed by another person. In this context we are using consent to mean physical touch in a casual or sexual way.
How do you ask for and give Consent?
Consent is always freely given and all people in any situation must feel that they are able to say “yes” or “no” or stop anything at any point. Unless someone says YES, then the answer is always NO. Do not ever touch someone unless you have both asked for permission and received a YES.
How do you get help if you feel your consent has been violated or you witnessed something that concerns you?
Tell someone in charge, at PEX events anyone working the event can help you. There are Rangers and Security. Or anyone with a radio can get you help. We take any reported incidents seriously and will do our utmost to handle each situation with delicacy, respect and privacy. If you are not able for whatever reason to talk/report/handle a situation in that moment please contact PEX at firstname.lastname@example.org
And remember to take responsibility for your own experience. Our goal at PEX events is to make the event as comfortable, free and safe as possible. We have always been a self-policing community but it is important to remember that only when we all work together can we consciously create a safe environment.
PEX Anti-Discrimination Policy
What is Discrimination?
Discrimination is when you treat someone in a prejudicial way because of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, economic status or sexual identity.
What do we believe?
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood”