AACA members fight back against harassment
Posted On July 27, 2021
AACA is facing a backlash from members who say it has been too slow to address a wide range of concerns that are being raised about the organization.
Some members say AACA has been reluctant to take responsibility for a series of sexual misconduct allegations that have been raised by its members.
“We have been waiting for a long time for leadership to step forward and take responsibility,” said Rachel Johnson, a member from Oregon who recently filed a lawsuit against AACA.
“I am so disappointed in the organization, and I don’t think there’s much the community can do.
They haven’t even done the investigation.”AACA is one of the most influential anti-violence and anti-racism groups in the country, and the group has been critical of the Trump administration’s policies on immigration and human trafficking.
AACA, along with other anti-racist organizations like the Black Lives Matter movement, have long been criticized for not taking a firm stance on Trump’s agenda.
Johnson, a self-described feminist who works for the National Council of La Raza, said the AACA website was “unhelpful” and the organization has not taken any action to address the accusations.
“The organization is not taking action, the website is unhelpful, the people are very angry,” Johnson said.
“When we are accused of being too liberal or too left wing, it’s because the group is too right wing,” she added.
“They’re afraid to take a stand.”
Johnson said she felt the organization had taken too long to address her concerns.
“If we’re not doing it, they don’t care.
It’s too late,” she said.
In a statement released to The Hill, AACA spokesperson Ashley Williams defended the organization’s actions, saying the group “has been focused on protecting and building a better community.”
The statement continued:”Our response has focused on ensuring that the allegations were thoroughly investigated and we have committed to the process outlined in the complaint.
According to the ACHA, more than 1,500 people have filed a complaint with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about alleged sexual misconduct at AACA-affiliated chapters. “
We have taken a strong stand against violence and hate, and are committed to taking the lead in addressing these important issues.”
According to the ACHA, more than 1,500 people have filed a complaint with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about alleged sexual misconduct at AACA-affiliated chapters.
ACHA has said it will investigate each complaint.
A number of AACA chapters have also been investigated for alleged child abuse and other violations of ACHA policies.
The National Center of Missing and Abused Children said in a statement on Tuesday that it is investigating a complaint filed with the agency alleging the abuse of a child at the AHA.
“Our investigation is focused on whether the alleged conduct occurred in AHA’s facilities and whether AHA employees or volunteer staff may have engaged in the alleged acts of child sexual abuse,” the statement read.”NCLAC will not tolerate any form of abuse of children.”
The complaint was first reported by local news outlet ABC affiliate KOIN-TV, which said it was filed on Monday.
In its statement, ACHA defended the allegations against the AHCs, calling them “extremely disturbing” and saying the complaints are being taken seriously by ACHA.”AACA has repeatedly said it takes all allegations of abuse seriously, including those that involve AHA members, volunteers, and staff,” the group said.
“NCLA is not investigating this matter, but has contacted AACA to offer assistance.”AACACA has long been one of AHAs biggest and most well-known chapters, which have more than 400 chapters across the country.