MomoCon is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free experience for everyone at our events. We do not tolerate harassment of panelists, attendees, guests or any party taking part in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any MomoCon event. Anyone violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the organizers, safety volunteers, professional security, or hotel staff.
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, or other protected class status, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
Harassment may be subtle, manipulative and is not always evident. It does not refer to occasional compliments of a socially acceptable nature. It refers to behavior that is not welcome and is personally offensive. All forms of gender harassment are covered. Men can be harassed; men can harass men; women can harass other women.
-Jokes, insults and innuendos (based on race, sex, age, disability, etc.), degrading sexual remarks, referring to someone as a stud, hunk or babe; whistling; cat calls; comments on a persons body or sex life, or pressures for sexual favors.
-Gestures, staring, touching, hugging, glomping, patting, blocking a person’s movement, brushing against a person’s body intentionally, or display of sexually suggestive or degrading pictures, racist or other derogatory cartoons or drawings.
-Unwanted photography after verbally requesting it to be stopped, clandestine photography or videography for the purpose of exploitation (hidden cameras, upskirt video, etc.)
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the organizers or volunteer staff may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference (with APD assistance) with no refund. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, Information/Safety desks will be available around the venue, any volunteer can lead you to them. All harassment is taken very seriously, and MomoCon volunteer safety are trained in procedures for reporting, escalation to local law enforcement and other anti-harassment methods. If at any point you feel unsafe, please go to the Information/Safety desk to contact safety.
Conference staff will help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance. We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and any related social events.
Safety volunteers and professional security/APD may instruct you to discontinue activities, move to a different location, etc. Such discussions may be difficult and they always should be done professionally and respectfully. However, specific security instructions (which may be delivered at a loud volume to compensate for ambient convention noise) or other related convention issues are not harassment or retaliation.
MomoCon expects respectful behavior at all times, no matter the situation. Remember that your actions reflect upon you, and potentially reflect upon conventions and fans in general. Be sensitive to how others may perceive your actions. Just because someone does not complain to you does not mean that they don’t object to your behavior.
There is no reason to ever engage in unwelcome behavior that has the purpose or effect of harassing others. Report any unwelcome behavior you think might be harassment regardless of it is covered in this document. If you feel unsafe, tell someone. If you are not comfortable reporting to volunteer Safety, we have hired professional security and uniformed officers at the venue available to you.
If someone offends you, let that person know so that it won’t happen again. If you have offended someone, understand his or her perspective, apologize and don’t let it happen again. Again, if you feel the incident is severe or makes you uncomfortable, please proceed to an Information/Safety desk and tell Safety.
If you are aware of any behavior that might violate this policy, report it to Safety at an Information/Safety desk.
Never feel that your gender or the situation should somehow make harassment “welcomed” or “wanted”. Harassers come from all gender identities and harassment can happen to anyone. Please report all instances, regardless of situation, should you feel uncomfortable.
(Sources: 3M’s harassment policy, Ada Initiative event anti-harassment policy)