Our aims are to encourage fandom, geek community and other non-business conventions to establish, articulate and act upon anti-harassment policies, especially sexual harassment policies, and to encourage mutual respect among con-goers, guests and staff.
The convention experience is often a fun and rewarding one; we want to do our part to make it fun, rewarding and safe for everyone involved. Conventions can’t eliminate harassment, but they can reduce it, have ways to deal with it when it happens, and make it clear that it’s unacceptable in our fun con environments. Our campaign is based upon a three-part action plan we encourage con committees to adopt and adapt for their own con atmosphere and environment.
The CAHP encourages fan/science fiction/geek conventions to articulate and formalise anti-harassment policies, train their staff and volunteers, and act on their policies. They have a great FAQ, that lays out some things that should be obvious, but clearly aren’t, like “Why do cons need to spell it out that sexual harassment is unacceptable? They don’t tell anyone not to murder someone else on the con floor.”, “Why is this even a problem? People should be flattered when someone lets them know they’re sexy.”, and “Can’t con attendees just call the police if they feel threatened?”
You can contribute information about your favourite con’s anti-harassment policies to their Con Database, and join in the letter-writing campaign.