CONVENTION SAFETY TIPS
Conventions are supposed to be fun, exciting and happy places. Unfortunately, there are times when predators skulk about and make these joyous events the subject of nightmares for some individuals. Below you will find tips and advice on how to stay safe while at a convention. You can also visit my friend Mikaria Drake's advice panel for more tips.
Always attend a large event and/or gathering with a buddy. Having people you trust nearby typically deters predators AND gives you protection when you state you're attending with friends.
CALL BOXES / SECURITY
Proactively familiarize yourself with the security for the event. Check to see if there are call boxes or emergency spaces available to you when you no longer feel safe and need help.
USE YOUR PHONE
When in a situation where you feel threatened pull out your phone and call 911. If you are unable to do this try turning on a recording and/or taking a photo of the person threatening you.
MAKE LOTS OF NOISE
If you are cornered and no one is nearby MAKE A LOT OF NOISE! Scream, play loud music on your phone, stomp, hit things and be absolutely obnoxious. Drawing attention to yourself can save you.
LEARN THE SPACE
Check out the map of the event space early. Learn where friends have panels, were large groups of people will be and where you could be safe if someone is stalking or harassing you.
PARTIES / CONCERTS
Do NOT go to room parties without a buddy and a plan. If someone harasses you for a phone number give them this: 618-625-8313 (it is a rejection hotline number). The same goes for convention concerts/events. If you plan to stay out late have a SAFE SPACE to return to and NEVER walk to the parking garage/center alone.
BE STRAIGHT FORWARD
Conventions are places of community and some people simply do not have the same social/physical rules/guidelines as others. SPEAK UP! If someone is touching you or making you uncomfortable tell them that. Use the pandemic to your advantage and request that they stay 6 feet away. If someone has touched you inappropriately REPORT IT IMMEDIATELY to a con staff member; if the staff member does not help then call the non-emergency Police Hotline for Arizona here: 602-262-6151.
Yes, the pandemic is real and still around so here are some tips:
- Bring extra masks
- Bring your own water bottle / jugs
- Bring sealed food and snacks
- Get your booster shot
- Bring hand sanitizer