Contact form #metoo
With this contact form you can send us your reports about sexual or physical abuse, psychological coercion and any other form of misuse of power at German conservatories. You can share your experiences with others anonymously on our blog. You just need a valid email address for possible further inquiries. We won't share your personal information with any other person, but of course you are free to use an anonymous email address. This won't affect your credibility in any way. Below you can find some help for writing your report as well as an example for the anonymization. Thank you very much for your trust!
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This is an example how we anonymize the reports. All names and events in this example are fictional and can't be connected to any real events or persons. On the left side you see the report sent to us via the contact form. On the right side you see the anonymized report, which we would publish on this blog.
From: John Doe <email@example.com> Age: 24 Sex: male Instrument/department (Fachbereich): Piano Conservatory (Musikhochschule) in question: Musical School XY Person in question and his/her position at the conservatory: Prof. Smith When did the events occur? Summer term 2017 Today you are ... : Student May be published on this blog: I agree to let my report being published on this blog (www.dasharfenduo.de/wordpress/blog), possibly in an edited, translated and further anonymized way. Report: During class with Prof. Smith, my teacher wasn't happy with how I had been practicing. For every wrong note she yelled at me. I tried not to cry. I feared this would make things worse. After class I met a fellow student. She saw that something was wrong with me. I told her about the lesson, but she had to promise me not to tell anybody. The next week, Prof. Smith was reserved and repellent. After a short time she interrupted me and told me she had received a complaint from principal Jones. She recommended I should look for another teacher for the next semester, if I didn't like her style of teaching. Until then she refused to continue teaching me anymore. At the beginning of the new semester I started to participate in Mr. Taylor's class. Luckily he taught at the neighboring building at 1st Mainstreet and I didn't have to meet Prof. Smith anymore. Because of the stress and the canceled lessons I had to delay my exam and only got a 2.7. Other students later told me about similar situations with Prof. Smith. No one filed a complaint, I guess they feared to suffer the same consequences as me. Prof. Smith still teaches today.
Student has to change the teacher after being verbally abused by him/her
During class with my professor, he/she wasn't happy with how I had been practicing. For every wrong note he/she yelled at me. I tried not to cry. I feared this would make things worse. After class I met a fellow student. He/She saw that something was wrong with me. I told him/her about the lesson, but he/she had to promise me not to tell anybody. The next week, my professor was reserved and repellent. After a short time he/she interrupted me and told me he/she had received a complaint from the principal. He/She recommended I should look for another teacher for the next semester, if I didn't like his/her style of teaching. Until then he/she refused to continue teaching me anymore. At the beginning of the new semester I changed the teacher. Because of the stress and the canceled lessons I had to delay my exam and got a bad result. Luckily the new teacher taught at a different building and I didn't have to meet my former professor anymore. Other students later told me about similar situations with him/her. Nobody filed a complaint, I guess they feared to suffer the same consequences as me. My former professor still teaches today.