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The tools and how to use them

This topic has long tools and stories to support you taking accountability. 

Staircase of change talks more about accountability as a process.  You can look at your own situation and adapt the steps to your goals.

Accountability is hard. Breaking through defensiveness Guiding Questions for the person doing harm and Preparing for direct communication, Affirmations and Guided Questions for the person doing harmgive you support to get beyond your defensiveness and take real accountability.

Bay Area Transformative Justice have a tool for thinking about who can support people to take accountability.  Their Pods and pod mapping worksheet describes a simple way to think about and build support for even the hardest times.


Tools and examples

Real story: A cultural organisation deals with sexual assault

Real story: Women come together to confront our community leaders

Real story:  Stopping violence as a first step

Real story: Surviving and doing sexual harm, a story of accountability and healing


Other sections that can help

A process of taking accountability often happens at the same time as supporting the person who has been harmed.  See What support does the person who was harmed want for information and tools.

How do you stay safe has tools to help think about risks and plan for safety.  You may want to think about how you can be safe, and how you can be safe for others to work with.

In order to think through who can help to work with and support you, see Who can help