FOGcon Is Safer Space

Con harassment is an ugly topic. Far too many cons have failed to deal effectively with reports of harassment. So we’re glad to see that Arisia has just handled an incident of con harassment with grace, skill, and sensitivity. The perp has been banned, and the target of harassment was treated with respect. Her account of the incidents and her thought process offers a useful perspective.

As a convention founded by a woman and largely run by women, we take harassment seriously. Since before the first FOGcon, we have had a strong harassment policy in place. We have a trained group of safety volunteers who respond to reports immediately. You can also call on any concom member -- identifiable by our badges -- to help you if someone is bothering you.

We also strongly recommend the following posts about con harassment and what constitutes creeper behavior.

How To Report Sexual Harassment, by Elise Matthesen

John Scalzi's An Incomplete Guide to Not Creeping

Rose Lemberg's Enough with the Aspie Bit Already

Crap People Say About Sexual Harassment by Jim C. Hines

 

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