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Stop sexual harassment at San Diego Comic Con, create a formal anti-harassment policy

    1. Petition by

      GeeksForCONsent

Stop sexual harassment at San Diego Comic Con, create a formal anti-harassment policy 

Cons should be about celebrating our favorite games, stories and characters freely and without judgment. But for many fangirls, women and LGBTQ cosplayers, going to cons often includes sexual assault and harassment. Comic Con has refused to create a full harassment policy. Will you join us in demanding a harassment-free Comic Con in 2014?

Cosplayers have reported that they regularly experience verbal harassment, groping, and upskirt photos at large conventions. One woman at New York Comic Con reported that a man grabbed her breast while taking a picture with her. Another woman who likes to cosplay as Chun Li from street fighter says she’s considered dropping the character because men keep demanding she do a “flying bird kick” (upside-down splits) for photos. Women also report that they choose what to wear and who to bring with them to conventions based on whether they expect that con’s culture of harassment to be “bad” or “very bad.”  

While this sort of sexual harassment and assault has been happening for decades, conventions are finally starting to address it. Awesome Con in DC had a visible anti-harassment team presence and signs advertising their zero tolerance policy. Science fiction author John Scalzi has called on his fellow “Guests of Honor” not to attend cons without anti-harassment policies.  And Dragon Con ran a “cosplay does not equal consent” advertising campaign this year.

But Comic Con San Diego -- the biggest and most prominent comic convention in the world – still has no published anti-harassment policy. If they know enough fans want a safe and harassment-free con, they’ll listen to us. And when they adopt an anti-harassment policy, its likely other conventions around the world will follow suit.

We’re asking Comic Con San Diego to include the following in a formal anti-harassment policy:

--A harassment reporting mechanism and visible, easy to find on-site support for people who report harassment;

--Signs throughout the convention publicizing the harassment policy and zero-tolerance enforcement mechanisms;

--Information for attendees on how to report harassment; and

--A one hour training for volunteers on how to respond to harassment reports.

Geeks for CONsent has offered to provide sample harassment policies and training manuals, and we support leaders in the convention and cosplaying worlds collaboratively developing an anti-harassment policy together.

We’ll be delivering this petition in person at San Diego Comic Con in July. If you would like to volunteer with us, email us at geeksforconsent@gmail.com.  You can also post this petition to your TumblrFacebook, or Twitter accounts or share your personal experiences with gender-based harassment at any convention so we can continue validating this experience as important and widespread.

Comic conventions are about celebrating the things that make us geeks, in a place where we can feel free to embrace our favorite stories and characters freely without judgment. Help us achieve our goal, let’s create a world free from harassment, whether it be based on our genders, race, differences, the fact that we’re in costume, or that we like things like wearing pointy ears in public as we make the Vulcan Salute to one another.

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    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. ICYMI: SDCC blows off this petition while making clear they didn't read it!

      SDCC’s spokesperson, David Glanzer, responded to our petition so flippantly it is clear he didn’t even read it! The Mary Sue responded, demanding better from SDCC. See his interview and The Mary Sue's response here: http://www.themarysue.com/comic-con-harassment-policy-petition
      Glanzer’s response makes it clear that they care more about press and publicity than making the largest convention in the world a safe, inclusive space. Tell them this blatant disrespect of the concerns and desires of their patrons is what will give them bad press. Our safety, and the integrity of our geek community, will not be protected unless we stand up for what we know is right, and hold Glanzer and the convention accountable for their policies. Contact local press and conventions, use social media to keep up the pressure, and join us in July to vocally demand better from them as a leading convention.

      San Diego Comic-Con Responds To Fan Petition Asking For A Formal Harassment Policy

      Last year, we were compelled to look into Comic-Con International in San Diego's harassment policy after a gallery was posted online by a member of the press who took photos of attendees' posteriors without their knowledge. It was something we assumed, as the largest convention in North America, would be front and center on their website.

    3. Over 2,000 signatures but still no response from San Diego Comic Con!

      Thank you all for helping us hold SDCC accountable! Whether you found our petition at a convention or online, your support is the only way all of our voices will be heard! We plan to keep the momentum going all the way up to the actual convention, and can use your help! If you haven't already, consider tweeting this petition at @Comic_Con so they cannot ignore your voice. To amplify your tweet, add local press, like @10news, @fox5sandiego, or @nbcsandiego.

      And if you haven't already, the quickest way to spread the word and keep the signatures constantly flowing is if you share the petition with your networks. With 2,000 signatures in less than two weeks, there is no reason we can't be up to at least 10,000 by the time the convention starts in Juy!

      If we all collectively refuse to be silenced, SDCC will have no choice but to hear our demands and take convention harassment seriously, once and for all.

      Thank you again for joining us in this fight!

      The GeeksForCONsent Team

    4. Reached 2,000 signatures

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    • Makhawan Khumphai กรุงเทพมหานคร, THAILAND
      • about 1 month ago

      I think cosplayers should have a better life that they won"t have to be Harassed again, forever.

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    • Madison Zeman WEST JORDAN, UT
      • 2 months ago

      I am a female cosplayer that is also a part of the LGBTQ community along with several other of my friends, and though I have not experienced any harassment myself, several of these friends have. Friends or not, no one should have to experience any type of harassment at a convention.

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    • Sophie Robbo AUSTRALIA
      • 3 months ago

      sexual harassment is nothing to be taken lightly, something should be done about it. We can't continue letting people get away with behaviour like this anymore.

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    • Alma Perez CHULA VISTA, CA
      • 3 months ago

      I am a cosplayer and frequent SDCC attendee and the fact that my fellow cosplayers have been harrassed makes me feel that is time that SDCC puts its foot down and does something about it.

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    • Scott Templin ZANESVILLE, OH
      • 3 months ago

      Because women should feel safe going to conventions...men do.

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