safe space

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safe space (plural safe spaces)

  1. A place serving as a tolerant environment for people (especially a marginalized group) where they do not face harassment, criticism etc.; especially one in which participants are understood to share a given political or social viewpoint. [from 20th c.]
    • 2017, John Palfrey, Safe Spaces, Brave Spaces: Diversity and Free Expression in Education, MIT Press, →ISBN, page 21:
      Ideally, these safe spaces would also be environments in which students would find support, develop coping skills, and hone effective techniques for communicating with one another in a way that honors tolerance, avoids stereotypes, and cuts down on hate on campuses.


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