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So a gal was approached by a creepy guy at AnthroCon; gal chose to be polite and mostly non-confrontational, guy chose to be creepy. Yesterday, gal wrote a blog post about the event, detailing the creepy guy as a warning to other gals who may have been similarly creeped at.

Since then, gal’s post got linked to on 4chan and lulz.net, which apparently mobilized hordes of knuckle-dragging scumsuckers to mock and harass her, effectively bullying her into removing the post and generally creating a “you better keep your mouth shut if you know what’s good for you, girlie” environment. As a result, she’s now gone quiet about it, and creepy guy is still out there, creeping.

This must not stand.

Creepy guy does not appear to have been an AC attendee, but gal was, and we should be protecting our own. Not only in the case of the incident (’cause even the Dorsai, love ‘em, can’t be everywhere at once), but also when she tries to tell everyone what happened and spread the word.

I’m not posting gal’s name here, because if she feels threatened she’s entitled to her anonymity. But we need to create an environment where gal is the one who is safe and protected by the social fabric, and creepy guys are the ones who get shamed and harassed.

More On the Topic…

Victim shaming & blaming (sexual harassment at Anthrocon)

Dragon*Con’s Back Up Project FAQ

Video Blog on a Different (But Sadly the Same) Event

-The Gneech

(Crossposted to the AnthroCon LJ community and my LiveJournal)

Originally published at gneech.com. You can comment here or there.

Comments

kylet
Jun. 21st, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks for doing this. People are totally missing the point. We probably can't convict the @#$%, no. But I heard she was harassed into taking her entry down. Talk about insult to injury. So obviously we need a more public, neutral venue to get it out in the open and talk about it.
Apparently it's fairly widespread, and I'm frankly disgusted and also surprised I hadn't really heard about it before. Just getting the word out here and letting EVERYONE know what to look out for will hopefully do some good in the future.

Edited at 2012-06-21 02:29 pm (UTC)

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