We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free convention experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race or religion.
What is Harassment?
Harassment is any unwanted behaviour which humiliates, intimidates or offends a person and that is directed to the person because of his or her sex, race, disability, age or any other ground covered in anti-discrimination legislation.
Intention is not relevant in determining whether the conduct amounts to harassment. It is not necessary for the harassed person to have told the harasser that his or her behaviour was unwelcome or offensive.
Silence on the part of a person being harassed should not be taken as acceptance of the conduct. While harassment is usually a series of events and can take many forms, one act can be deemed as an unlawful harassment.
We do not tolerate harassment of anyone in any form/nature. This includes, but not limited to:
- physical assault
- verbal harassment (related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion)
- sexual harassment (unwanted physical contact, unwanted advances, unwelcome sexual attention)
- inappropriate photography.
Inappropriate photography is defined as photography where the subject feels they are being stalked, exploited, degraded, or disrespected through being photographed. While it is reasonable that photographers will be photographing cosplayers and other parts of the convention, should this photography become harassing or sexual in nature, the photographer will be subject to the above harassment policy. Sexual language and imagery are deemed inappropriate at any convention or convention venue.
Exhibitors in the exhibition hall, sponsors and/ or vendor booths, or similar activities are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing / uniforms / costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.
What should I do if I am being harassed or see someone being harassed?
Harassment is defined by the victim. Any participant that has been reported to have violated this will be asked to stop all harassing behaviour and are required to comply immediately, failing which the organizer has the right to bring in the appropriate authorities to take over the matter.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the convention staff immediately.
Who should you look for?
Convention staff can be identified by their staff t-shirts and staff badges. If you cannot find a staff to assist you, please go to the security counters at the entrance of the exhibition floor.
Please report any concerns to us before taking matters into your own hands (such as personally confronting the aggressor or posting on social media). We have professional security personnel onsite and they are properly equipped to handle these matters.
What happens to violaters?
Convention participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the convention (without a refund) at the discretion of the convention organisers.
The individual or group may be:
- Warned to cease and desist;
- Asked to leave the convention immediately, or;
- Banned from the convention.
- Handed over to the proper authorities
We expect participants to follow these rules at the convention venues and convention-related social events.