Call for Resignation of International Thriller Writers Board

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Anne Harkness
1 year ago
I do not support those that support sexual injustice and turn a victim of sexual abuse into the criminal. If it were your daughter that was the victim of a sexual crime, would you support the man who assaulted her sexually? Hope these thoughts come to you in the night and shed some light on your thinking.

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Wendy Tyson
1 year ago
As a longstanding active member of ITW, I'm disappointed in the Board's response, which seems dismissive and inadequate. As an organization, we should hold ourselves and our leadership up to a higher standard. We can do better than this.

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Susan C Shea
1 year ago
Signing as a long time member who quit yesterday.

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David Corbett
1 year ago
I believe a change in the board membership is in the best interests of ITW and ALL its members.

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Nicole Maggi
1 year ago
As a past award finalist I am APPALLED at the Board's behavior. We must rebuild from the ground up in order to root out the deep vein of misogyny that runs through this industry.

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Brad Parks
1 year ago
The current board has been putting the needs of the organization ahead of the needs of the membership's basic safety, and that's unacceptable.

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Sara Henry
1 year ago
A board that allows or approves a tone-deaf statement outing a victim of sexual assault without permission needs to step down.

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Sandra Lindenmuth
1 year ago
Aka Sandra Ruttan. As a genre, we are a community. It was an egregious error for ITW to name a victim. They have not apologized, they also were dismissive in their original statement. Protecting members means removing predators, period. Adam Hamdy's thread makes it very clear just how hard ITW has worked to protect 1 predator. The number of resignations and withdrawals from the ITW awards speak clearly - the membership has no confidence in ITW leadership.

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Ashok Banker
1 year ago
As an Active Sponsor and member of ITW (you can see my name permanently posted at the bottom of the thrillerwriters.org website) I find the ITW Board's response to this complaint to be inadequate, dismissive, and bigotted. As a BIPOC thriller writer and a member of a minority even in my own home country, I know fully well the harm that such disregard by those at the helm causes to the vulnerable. This behavior is untenable and must be corrected immediately. As it stands, the Board has proven by its inaction and its response that it is incompetent to represent the interests of the thriller writer community at large, or to protect and promote the interests of its most vulnerable, minority, and marginalised members. This is not a plutocracy designed to benefit only the dominant community, or those who are already rich, powerful and successful. This is an international community of diverse, inclusive, intersectional with a shared purpose and the current ITW Board clearly does not represent either the demographics or the interests of the larger thriller writing community. Do the right thing. Resign and allow for free, fair elections. This is a vote for positive change and progress. Act now to show you are on the right side of history and be part of the change that is already happening and a natural, healthy sign of a flourishing, prosperous industry.

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Jennifer Pashley
1 year ago
We need answers. And we need a board with the courage to confront predatory behavior.