Target: Comic-Con Spokesman David Glanzer
Goal: Keep costumed women attending Comic-Con safe from sexual harassment
The San Diego, California Comic-Con has become one of the largest annual events in the United States. From the event’s origin in 1970, Comic-Con has played host to thousands of famous authors and actors, as well as attracted a diverse, expertly costumed fan base topping 130,000 individuals in recent years. The event is touted as excellent fun and a healthy outlet for men and women who enjoy dressing up as famous comic, game, book and movie characters. However, the event holds its share of problems, with growing accounts of costumed women falling victim to sexual harassment, including inappropriate comments, touching and even rape.
Sexual harassment incidents have been brought to the attention of Comic-Con officials and have been met with the appropriate response of threatening to dismiss any person who harasses another individual. However, more action can and should be taken in order to better protect the costumed women attending the event. The penalty of being removed from the event is only served if the victim comes forward and complains, meaning the lewd conduct would need to happen before being addressed. Also, the main concentration of punishing harassment is in San Diego, when many other Comic-Con events happen all over the country, with likely similar harassment issues.
Urge the Comic-Con officials to better address sexual harassment issues by threatening more intense punishments, such as legal action. Officials should concentrate on all Comic-Con events around the country to better halt harassment and protect female attendees. With record ticket sales year after year, Comic-Con could also intensify its security by hiring undercover persons who are also dressed in costume, to downplay suspicion, and are on the lookout for inappropriate behavior. Stopping harassment before it becomes a serious issue, in every case, is of utmost importance. Women should be able to dress how they wish and attend this event, without worrying about falling victim to sexual harassment.
Dear David Glanzer,
I am writing to address the growing issue of sexual harassment at the San Diego Comic-Con. It is my understanding that any person found harassing another attendee will be automatically expelled from the event, with no re-entrance ability. I want to thank you for understanding the severity of sexual harassment. However, with the female attendee count reaching 40%, I encourage you to take security a step further to ensure that sexual harassment is stifled before it evolves into a problem.
Please consider hiring “undercover” event security officers, preferably a large number to appropriately assist 130,000 plus attendees. These undercover individuals would be dressed in costume, as to not raise suspicion, and would be watching for lewd behavior in the form of verbal, physical or invasion of privacy. I urge you to also consider heightening security for all Comic-Con events around the country, not just San Diego’s.
There is also a possibility of increasing the penalty for any person found harassing another event goer, in the form of intense legal action. Stopping harassment before it starts is of utmost importance.
[Your Name Here]
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