We at AnachroCon are very proud to present our official Anti-Harrassment Policy.
ANACHROCON’S OFFICIAL ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY
At no time will AnachroCon tolerate harassment of its attendees, guests, vendors, or volunteers. This is a zero tolerance policy, including, but not limited to:
Harassing or non-consensual photography or recording;
Inappropriate physical contact;
Offensive verbal comments;
Physical assault and/or battery;
Sustained disruption of Panels, signings, and other events; and/or
Unwelcome physical attention
Any of these activities can be in relation, but not limited, to:
To report an incident, please locate the nearest AnachroCon volunteer, preferably security, and report the incident to them. When given the appropriate form, please fill out the form in as much detail as possible so that AnachroCon can address the situation immediately and thoroughly. If you are still in the area where the incident took place and it is safe to stay where you are, please remain there and the appropriate convention personnel will speak to you there.
If harassment occurs according to AnachroCon management and the management deems it necessary, any or all of the following penalties will be enacted against the offender(s):
Probation, with the next violation resulting in expulsion from AnachroCon, either temporarily or permanently;
Expulsion from AnachroCon, either temporarily or permanently; and/or
Revocation of the offender(s) badge, either temporarily or permanently (this applies to any and all types of badges, up to and including a lifetime badge).
All decisions in regards to “what is harassment,” as well as the punishments accordingly, are solely up to the management of the convention, with the final decision making process being in the hands of the Chair of the convention.
Our policy applies to EVERYONE at the convention. Exhibitors, Attendees, Speakers, Guests, Professionals, Press, Staff, Volunteers, and Security are all subject to our anti-harassment policy and will be held to the same standards and disciplinary action.
Anyone can report harassment. If someone’s behavior has made you uncomfortable, or if you witness the same happening to someone else, you should immediately contact AnachroCon Staff or Security. You may also come to AnachroCon’s Office to report an incident.
If necessary, AnachroCon will contact local law enforcement, provide an escort, offer a safe place or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to make sure they feel safe for the rest of the convention.
AT THIS POINT, WE WISH TO MENTION A FEW THINGS ABOUT CONSENT:
Please recognize and respect people’s personal boundaries.
People have different comfort levels with physical and emotional intimacy.
Before you assume someone wants any sort of physical contact, ask them.
When someone says NO, it means NO.
This also means that cajoling, pleading, or any form of emotional blackmail is UNACCEPTABLE and any and all actions of these sort do not lead to consent.
Level of intoxication (yours or the other person’s) DOES NOT change these guidelines in regards to consent.
TIPS FOR MAINTAINING YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY AND WELL¬BEING:
Communicate with ANY AnachroCon volunteer in regards to anything making you uncomfortable.
You are in charge of your boundaries. You must be sober enough to be in control and to be able to say no.
You must ask before photographing, videotaping, or recording anyone on any media. If you are asked to stop, you must do so immediately.
Tolerate and respect your fellow participants by not interfering with their enjoyment, art, or expression.
Remember: you are responsible for your own experience and cosplay is not consent. Keep your hands to yourself. If you would like to take a picture with or of another AnacroCon attendee, always ask first and respect that person’s right to say no. When at AnachroCon, be respectful, be nice, and be kind to one other.
AnachroCon’s mission is to create a fun, safe, and welcoming event where attendees of all kinds can come together and celebrate alternate history. We want you to not only have the most amazing convention ever, but to experience it in an environment where you are safe and accepted.