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Reporting Harassment

2013-06-28 14:59:18.378188+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

A friend of John Scalzi talks about what the process and fallout from reporting sexual harassment at a convention looks like: Reporting Harassment at a Convention: A First-Person How To. Of critical note:

Although their behavior was professional and respectful, I was stunned when I found out that mine was the first formal report filed there as well. From various discussions in person and online, I knew for certain that I was not the only one to have reported inappropriate behavior by this person to his employer. It turned out that the previous reports had been made confidentially and not through HR and Legal. Therefore my report was the first one, because it was the first one that had ever been formally recorded.

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-06-28 17:13:17.575699+00 by: Dan Lyke

Mary Robinette Kowal: Why am I afraid to name the editor?

It also occurs to me that we have an aversion to lynch mobs and mob justice, which is why we have processes, and why we're reluctant to make public accusations.

It also occurs to me that we often don't believe in the processes. "Zero tolerance" means that we have ridiculous punishments for things that should be warnings, at both the school punishment level and the Federal law level. The Adria Richards/PyCon event shows blowback from the processes that probably didn't serve the interests of anyone involved, including Ms. Richards, the PyCon organization, and the accused.

And when we can't trust the processes, we get a further entrenchment of the status quo.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-06-28 17:59:31.961202+00 by: Dan Lyke

How to Report Sexual Harassment, by Elise Matthesen (a reposting of a comment from the original thread).

#Comment Re: made: 2013-07-01 13:44:32.833353+00 by: Dan Lyke [edit history]

On Con Sexual Harrasment: Being An Ally Is Freaky As Hell