Reporting Harassment at a Convention: A First-Person How To

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John Scalzi, who has been a huge champion for ending harassment at cons has been so good as to allow somebody else to tell their story in his space. It’s definitely worth taking the time to read. Thank you, both to John Scalzi and Elise Matheson for this!

Originally posted on Whatever:

My friend Elise Matthesen was creeped upon at a recent convention by someone of some influence in the genre; she decided that she was going to do something about it and reported the person for sexual harassment, both to the convention and to the person’s employer. And now she’s telling you how she did it and what the process is like. Here’s her story.

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We’re geeks. We learn things and share, right? Well, this year at WisCon I learned firsthand how to report sexual harassment. In case you ever need or want to know, here’s what I learned and how it went.

Two editors I knew were throwing a book release party on Friday night at the convention. I was there, standing around with a drink talking about Babylon 5, the work of China Mieville, and Marxist theories of labor (like you do) when an editor from a different…

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