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Public Statement By the Readercon Convention Committee. tl;dr: we screwed up, and we are fixing it and working on not screwing up again.

Props to the Readercon committee for saying a great many right things. Special props to Rose Fox, who has as far as I can tell been the public face of the Readercon concomm[1] through this and has been absolutely fantastic. Rose, you rock.

[1] The concomm is a bunch of volunteers; the board, who originally responded to Ms Valentine's harassment complaint, is five people elected from the concomm.

Readercon is still at an awkward time of year and in an unpleasant hotel that's far away from amenities... but it's also a good convention. So it's back at the "maybe" level. Reply hazy, ask again closer to next summer.

Date: 2012-08-06 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mikailborg.livejournal.com
Today is a very good "faith in humanity" day. We landed Curiosity, and Readercon is standing up, owning their mistakes, and doing something about them.

Date: 2012-08-06 03:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] selki.livejournal.com
I read the whole thing and couldn't ask for more.
The duty of stopping harassment falls first and foremost on harassers and then on those with influence on harassers (their friends and others they respect, and people in positions of authority), so suggestions should be aimed at educating potential harassers, fostering an environment that discourages harassment, and making it safer and easier for people to report harassment. Please don't send suggestions for how people can avoid being harassed or learn to cope with harassment.

Right on, Readercon!


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