Survey: Sexual Harassment and Assault in Climbing

Please complete the following survey to help the AAC collect data to investigate sexual harassment and assault in the climbing world.

By Rock and Ice | May 3rd, 2018

Photo: Jason Gebauer, American Alpine Club member.


The American Alpine Club, the Access Fund, climbing magazines and other outdoor organizations across the country are partnering with researchers to investigate sexual harassment and assault in the climbing world. Please complete the following survey to help collect data for this important work.

Responses will be accepted through the end of this month.

As stated by the researchers:

“Our goal is to quantify the extent of this problem in our community.

Your responses are important whether or not you have experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault. All responses will be kept anonymous unless you specify otherwise. The survey won’t require specifics, but you will have the opportunity to share details if you wish, or participate voluntarily in follow-up conversation(s). You may also have the opportunity to opt-in to journalistic reporting. The survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete, and should be done by the last day of May, 2018.

Take the survey here.


Responses gathered will be generalized for the purpose of reporting, and will be used to help us to impove policies to reduce incidents, increase understanding, and provide better support systems for all climbers. Analysis will be done by two independent data scientists: Dr. Callie Rennison, renowned victimologist, and leading expert in statistical and survey methods; and Charlie Lieu, trained computational biologist with nearly 25 years of big data and decision analytics experience, often in clinical context requiring HIPAA privacy and security.

Other than use for analysis purposes by the two data scientists listed above, the raw data will be inaccessible by anyone else without explicit consent. The final data set will be stored with the highest security method, on a password-protected air-gapped device.

If you have any questions or concerns about this survey, please contact Dr. Rennison, at”


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