FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention worked hard to create an atmosphere of safety for all at this year’s convention. The Utah Attorney General’s Office was a partner in the process, providing and hosting a 24/7 harassment hotline made available to all attendees.
The hotline received two calls regarding complaints about sexual harassment/assaults over the weekend. These calls were relayed back to Salt Lake City PD for further investigation.
The other twelve calls included people calling to make sure the line was set up and working, looking for the hospitality area or lost wallets, accidental dials, or issues with the celebrity photo-ops/autographs area.
The Utah Attorney General’s Office applauds FanX’s efforts to create a culture where bullying, abuse, assault, or harassment of any kind is not tolerated.
In addition to the hotline, FanX is working on several initiatives to make the conference safer for all. You can read more information about how below.
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The Utah Attorney General’s Office is proud to partner with FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention to bring a 24/7 harassment hotline to the 2018 conference this September. This initiative follows in the footsteps of a similar successful effort at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. You can find the FanX press release here.
Together, we hope to send a clear message to participants that bullying, abuse, assault, or harassment of any kind will not be tolerated.
During the event, anyone witnessing a violation of the Zero Tolerance Harassment Policy should call the hotline. Reports will be routed to the AG’s Office for initial action and, if necessary, referred to the local police or FanX for further investigation. The hotline number is 1-801-834-1944.
The AG’s Office applauds FanX and their efforts to ensure their events are safe and fun for all.