Comic-Con Cosplayer Victim of Fall, Not Assault

Police have announced that the 17-year-old Comic-Con International attendee who was previously announced to have been the victim of sexual assault and battery, was actually the victim of a six foot fall based on security camera footage. The 29-year-old who was arrested for providing alcohol to a minor will still face charges.

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Comic Con Sexual Assault

ETA: Video footage indicates the woman suffered a fall.

A teenager who was celebrating her seventeenth birthday at Comic-Con International was beaten and sexually assaulted and found unconscious early in the morning on July 27. Police have arrested a 29 year old man in connection with the attack and is currently out on bond. The teenager remains in the hospital suffering from cranial bleeding. Comic-Con International had come under fire from various groups prior to this year’s convention for having an inadequate harassment policy.

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Readercon Board Resigns

In the wake of the Readercon Board of Directors’ decision to ban René Walling for two years due to harassment charges in contravention of Readercon policy, five members of the Readercon board have resigned and the con com has extended the ban as a lifetime ban. Readercon will elect a new board and develop a new policy for dealing with harassment based on widespread input. In addition, Readercon has announced a refund of memberships for Readercon 24 (2013) for those who feel the convention is not right for them based on recent actions.

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Walling Banned from Readercon for 2 Years

Following complaints of harassment, the Readercon board has announced they are banning René Walling from attending for a period of two years. The board has deviated from its previously published policy of instituting a lifetime ban against harassers (established in 2008) due to their belief that Walling is regretful of the incident. Walling was the co-chair of Anticipation in 2009 and writes for Tor.com. Many fans and authors have proclaimed disappointment and anger over the board’s decision to deviate from their stated policy.

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