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Do Conventions need a ‘No Harassment Policy’?
August 1, 2014 By Holly Clarkson
Harassment at comic conventions, especially big ones, has been an issue for some time now. Whether the assaults are due to the conventions being overcrowded so assholes think they won’t get caught or if it’s just that they think that the outfits people wear give them permission to taunt and tease cosplayers, it is a serious issue.
So far, it seems conventions haven’t really taken notice of the assaults – possibly because if they made it an issue it may put people off buying tickets. While they are right to be afraid of negative publicity and sales, cosplayers are a huge chunk of what makes conventions so great and a major reason fans like to attend – to see their favourite characters uniquely portrayed. Despite how revealing, sexy or ‘alluring’ the costumes may be, there is no excuse in harassing fans.
Indeed, fans have been taking matters into their own hands, signing and creating surveys and petitions to raise awareness and help stop future incidents. In a survey by Janelle Asselin, 13% of 3600 people said they had been sexually assaulted at conventions. Bare in mind, though it is crowded in the halls, it’s a huge open space with people moving in and out all through the day, it’s not a ’round the corner alley’ scenario – these assaults are happening in front of thousands of people in a public place.
The way I see it, cosplayers, whether dressed head-to-toe covered like a Storm Trooper or in revealing gear like Princess Leia, these fans attend Comic-Cons to show off their costumes; unique, handmade or store bought. ‘Victim blaming’ is an easy route out (and a cop out), as it’s easier to deal with when assault is involved. But these victims are the people who follow, support and make conventions the success that they are, they should not have to walk into those doors fearing harassment, shame or embarrassment.
Look-but-don’t-touch isn’t a hard thing to remember. The heart and soul of conventions is fan geeks from all over the world coming together and enjoying their favourite films, comic, games etc. The fact that little action is being taken is a serious problem that could drive fans away. If people feel safe and can see that the problem is being dealt, they will continue to buy tickets each year. There has been a small step to ‘help’ the matter, when fans bought tickets this year, an email was sent out to ask visitors not to harass anyone at the convention. Obviously asking nicely doesn’t change perverts’ minds or actions!
The fact that there is need for a Harassment Policy is very upsetting for any fan, as an amazing event that should be enjoyed is now becoming something to be feared. That these assaults are happening all too often means they need a policy and offenders need to be punished.
There is no place for childish, rude and just plain disrespectful behaviour anywhere.
One of the clear examples that this is an issue was an assault on a model at this year’s SDCC, probably one of the most visited and talked about conventions in the world.
Model Alicia Marie attended San Diego Comic-Con with her friend Adrianna Curry – she was dressed as Tigra and Curry as Catwoman. Which if you check out the photo above, are awesome cosplays which take hard work to put together. Standing for so long to get a full body paint done is exhausting enough. During her day there, a man came up behind her, tried to stick his hands down her pants and then pulled down her tail and pants. A horrifying thing to go through when you are just trying to have fun with your friends.
Seeing her friend upset and humiliated, Adrianne Curry ran after the guy and in true Catwoman style beat the sh*t out of him. The fact that a paying fan has to take matters into their own hands is a disgrace.
Alicia posted on whosay.com about the incident:
Pains me to even tweet this but I have to say and I have to thank #superherobadass “Catwoman” @AdrianneCurry @Katrina and @Todd_Roy for being such EPIC friends……
YESTERDAY, myself, dressed as Tigra, was with the above-mentioned friends and we were all in the super crowded San Diego Comic-Con International Gaslamp area taking photos with #SDCC peeps and fans. Some total A$$H0LE came up behind me and tried to stick his hands in my bottoms and then yanked my tail and pants down.
I just freaked out, screamed trying to keep my bottoms up — but Adrianne Curry literally took off after dude WITH her Catwoman whip and chased him down, beat his ass. Punched him across the face with the butt of her whip — he had blood on his face – got on her costume. Katrina got in his face, Todd shoved him, the guy ran off – huge ruckus and yep some people got their cell phones out of course.
I was very VERY upset because as many times as I have attended #SDCC, I have never experienced this behavior. Just the day before, one of the Trek Bunnies, Amanda Orion) had to have a guy kicked out of the con for being lewd and disgusting and shoving his camera lens between our legs when 3 of us were walking out.
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