If someone’s behavior makes you feel unwelcome, unsafe, or uncomfortable, that is harassment.
Anime Milwaukee does not allow harassment of any kind, including but not limited to behaviors such as: stalking, offensive comments, hate speech, inappropriate or unwelcome physical contact, recording or taking pictures without permission, and repeatedly disrupting conversations you have been asked to leave. The aforementioned comments or hate speech could be in relation to: age, race or ethnicity, color, citizenship or national origin, relationship status, sexual orientation, gender identity or presentation, appearance, clothing, body size, pregnancy, disability, or religion. This list is not an exhaustive list.
- Keep your hands to yourself.
- Respect your fellow attendees.
- Keep an eye on what you say to people and how you act around them.
- Remember, cosplay is not consent: just because someone is in costume, it doesn’t give you permission to take a picture or touch their costume.
- Ask first, and if they tell you no, respect that.
What to do if you see or experience harassment
If you feel harassed or see someone else being harassed, notify a staff member immediately. You are also within your rights to ask the harasser to stop on your own. Once notified, Anime Milwaukee staff will take any action necessary to stop the behavior, up to and including badge revocation and expulsion from convention premises. We will also take steps to help you feel safe again at your request, such as escorting you to a place you feel safe, contacting your friends or family for you, or contacting law enforcement.
How to find AMKE safety staff
1. Verbally report to any AMKE staffer you see!
General AMKE staffers will be wearing red t-shirts and Safety staff will be wearing purple shirts. Any staffer will be willing to listen to your concerns and make sure the information gets passed on to the appropriate department.
2. Come to the Safety Pen (103B) to talk directly with our Safety staff!
We are in the Wisconsin Center and our room is used only by Safety staff. We can easily empty the room, have the staffer you speak with be of a preferred gender, and keep the space quiet. If you need privacy or a safe space to talk, this is a good place to go.
3. Email Safety staff: firstname.lastname@example.org
We monitor this email before and during the convention. During the con, you should get a response in under two hours.
This policy applies without exception to everyone at the convention, including attendees, panelists, vendors, guests, convention staff, and venue staff.