There’s been a lot of talk of cons and sexual harassment since Comic-Con especially when one person learned that the Con actually has no statement against harassment or any rules for Con-goer behavior. Part of me wonders if that’s why it’s so popular but then again I’m a cynic. Anyway, yes, sexual harassment happens at Cons (sometimes even perpetrated by guests of honor themselves *cough*) and more often than not unless the victim of the harassment wishes to come forward to the police (and be villified if their attacker is “a name” in Sci-Fi) and file a report nothing will be done.
I don’t know if that’s why The Con Anti-Harassment Project was started but its something we definitely need.
The Con Anti-Harassment Project is a grass-roots campaign designed to help make conventions safer for everyone. Our aims are to encourage fandom, geek community and other non-business conventions to establish, articulate and act upon anti-harassment policies, especially sexual harassment policies, and to encourage mutual respect among con-goers, guests and staff.
The convention experience is often a fun and rewarding one; we want to do our part to make it fun, rewarding and safe for everyone involved. Conventions can’t eliminate harassment, but they can reduce it, have ways to deal with it when it happens, and make it clear that it’s unacceptable in our fun con environments. Our campaign is based upon a three-part action plan we encourage con committees to adopt and adapt for their own con atmosphere and environment.
There’s a list of things you can do to help out, lists of Cons that have anti-harassment policies and links including one to Open Source Women Back Each Other Up Project (and Gentlemen’s Auxiliary).