Hayley’s Story: Pervert at anime convention

I was at a local anime convention with a friend and we happened to notice an older man filming girls in costume…not that big of a deal at first considering there were a lot of photographers around but he kept aiming his camera at the butts of some of the girls in costume especially when they were going up some stairs. Most of these cosplayers are just 14.

We watched him for a bit just to be sure and then took a photo of him to show the security guys on site who dealt with him right away.

Next year we plan to really be on watch for people like this and try to make the convention a safer place to be.


6 Responses

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  1. Kiri says:

    Go you! I will never understand why they think cosplay or wearing lolita/gyaru style is an invitation for them to take pictures of us without asking, particularly the younger girls!

  2. LOLDevonsmith says:

    This happened to me as a young girl. The guy had a super fancy camera so I thought he was with a newspaper or something. He kept asking me to pose certain ways yet the camera never seemed to be pointed at my face. My dad stopped him (I was probably 14 or 15) and I didn’t think much of it since I was wearing shorts underneath but I saw him at a several conventions doing the same thing. My dad and others made sure to report him.
    Even though he got rid of the camera My dad and I saw him using his cell phone the same way the next year. I have not seen him recently, hopefully he was banned, but its a shame there’s men out there doing this to such young girls!

  3. Jessica says:

    I don’t know why this is so prevalanet at anime conventions! I had an inkling it was because they felt that they were more accepted by the community (as everyone shares a similar interest in anime and the like) and that anime itself often portrays such behaviour so perhaps convention goers believe it legitimises their own actions?

  4. Tom Croom says:

    Our conventions (at Green Mustard Entertainment) keep an Anti-Harassment rule in our publications to make sure it is crystal clear that inappropriate behavior isn’t tolerated. Check out Rules #3 and #16 http://www.floridaanime.com/about/rules

  5. Ally says:

    This is a common theme at conventions and it is unacceptable. A lot of people seem to think that if you’re out in public in a costume they can treat you like you’re an animal in a petting zoo. Good for you for standing up to that man.

  6. Alex says:

    Props to you for being so alert about this, and for getting the guy’s picture.

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