Whilst we absolutely believe in believing someone when they come forward with such an experience, placing the burden of proof on the alleged harasser brings very practical challenges and we urge you to reconsider this. Without an investigation from outside the FYEG that can conclude in favour or against the complaint, we cannot see how the alleged harasser can actually prove that the harassment has not taken place. For example, when two people are in a room without witnesses, how can the person that is accused actually prove that it did not occur? Also, since winking is also mentioned as a possible form of sexual harassment, how can one prove that the wink was without malicious intent?
Seen the practical implications of "placing the burden of proof on the alleged harasser", we propose to delete this statement from the protocol as seen in this amendment.