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Sexual Misconduct Policy

American Water Polo is committed to providing a safe environment for all its members free from any form of sexual harassment or misconduct and will treat all incidents seriously and promptly investigate all allegations. Any person found to have sexually harassed or been involved in sexual misconduct will face disciplinary action and if appropriate criminal prosecution.


Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature which makes a person feel offended, humiliated and/or intimidated. It includes situations where a person is asked to engage in sexual activity as a condition of that person’s involvement, as well as situations which create an environment which is hostile, intimidating or humiliating for the recipient.

Anyone who is subject to sexual harassment should, if possible, inform the alleged harasser that the conduct is unwanted and unwelcome. American Water Polo recognizes that sexual harassment may occur in unequal relationships (i.e. between a coach and an athlete) and that it may not be possible for the victim to inform the alleged harasser. If a victim cannot directly approach an alleged harasser, he/she can tell a parent who can then report the situation to American Water Polo directly.

If an incident occurs the individual should take the following action:

Immediately record the dates, times and facts of the incident(s)
Keep a confidential record of all discussions
Contact the American Water Polo Office
Ensure that the victim knows they can contact law enforcement

Disciplinary Action

Anyone who has been found to have sexually harassed another person is liable to any of the following sanctions:

Verbal or written warning
Suspension of Membership
Complete Membership Ban
Criminal Prosecution