The harassment policy at NYCC is sorta terrible.
While they are VERY CLEAR (in the statement pointed to VICTIMS*) that harassment will not be tolerated, The RULES only say
On top of that, the mechanics for a victim to deal with it are awful. The victim is instructed to "Go to the NYCC Show Office."
JAVITS IS HUGE.
And during NYCC it is STUFFED WITH PEOPLE.
By instructing people to Go to the Show Office, Reed Pop is basically saying, "We are going to give you a lollipop and pat you on your head because there is NO FUCKING WAY we're gonna find that guy, confirm it was the dude that grabbed your tit and kick him out. Why don't you spend the rest of your already ruined day sitting here while we "look"? OH and that costume shows an awful lot of skin. NAKED IS NOT A COSTUME, YANNO?
*Click What if I'm Harassed?
So what do we do?
TO TWITTER MY FRIENDS ( and Facebook and G+ too !)
TWEET/STATUS UPDATE How you will deal with immobilizing/capturing/ what-have-you a hypothetical harasser at NYCC? Freeze ray? Giant Hammer? Old Fashioned crotch shot?
Give me your super hero story of defeating a harasser! They should be over the top and silly. A fun game with a serious purpose.
Use the hashtag #ConHero and tag @NY_Comic_Con
This has an added benefit. If it trends then people all over nerddom will see it. It will make it clear that we don't accept harassment.
Collect your thoughts, loves. We will be launching this ship on TUESDAY, September 3rd.
** To improve harassment policy we need:
1) CLEAR RULES AGAINST HARASSMENT
2) BETTER WAYS TO REPORT HARASSMENT.
3) CLEAR CONSEQUENCES FOR HARASSERS
Examples of tweets:
I see a girl getting harassed @NY_COMIC _ Con. I Use my + 5 Sword of Suffering to cut him in twain. I'm a #ConHero
Some dude grabs my booty @NY_ Comic_ Con so I make him walk the plank. I'm a #ConHero