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I'm sure most people have heard about what happened at Readercon (if you haven't and want some thorough explanations and discussions on it, here's a link round-up listed chronologically), but in summary: author Genevieve Valentine was sexually harassed and reported it to the Readercon board of directors. Readercon's harassment policy is explicitly zero-tolerance. Yet the man who harassed Ms. Valentine is suspended for only two years, not permanently.

Why? Because he was very sorry about it and deserves a chance to reform himself, according to the board of directors' reasoning for their decision.

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You know what Readercon implies by failing to enforce their own harassment policy, especially when placed side by side with their given reasons for doing so? The implication is that one man being able to redeem himself is more important than the safety of all people who attend Readercon expecting it to commit to its own official harassment policy.

And deciding not to go to Readercon as a result of this? That's not flouncing, overreacting, or whatever bullshit dismissal is being thrown around. It's an act of self-preservation. It's an act in response to knowing that when sexual harassment happens, Readercon's concerns will not be for those who experienced it.

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