Reporting Harassment at a Convention: A First-Person How To

mikes75:

Reblogging this because, as a SFF fan and the father of a young SFF fan, I want Cons to be safe places for all fans. To that end, I’m also adding a link to a great site offering a way for allies against harassment to identify themselves at Cons.
http://backupribbonproject.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/backup-ribbons-to-drop-july-1/
I intend to wear one of these ribbons at any convention I attend going forward.

Originally posted on Whatever:

My friend Elise Matthesen was creeped upon at a recent convention by someone of some influence in the genre; she decided that she was going to do something about it and reported the person for sexual harassment, both to the convention and to the person’s employer. And now she’s telling you how she did it and what the process is like. Here’s her story.

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We’re geeks. We learn things and share, right? Well, this year at WisCon I learned firsthand how to report sexual harassment. In case you ever need or want to know, here’s what I learned and how it went.

Two editors I knew were throwing a book release party on Friday night at the convention. I was there, standing around with a drink talking about Babylon 5, the work of China Mieville, and Marxist theories of labor (like you do) when an editor from a different…

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One thought on “Reporting Harassment at a Convention: A First-Person How To”

  1. Good for Ms. Mattheson. She deserves top marks for pressing forward when she felt so nervous about it.

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