It’s was a heartening thing being at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto last weekend and not only observing the large “Cosplay is no Consent” signs near the main convention hall, but seeing shutterbugs by and large abide by said sign and asking permission before taking a picture. (Myself included.) Evidently, some of us still need to be taught a lesson. The Atlanta police are rallying the fan community in a “calling all cars moment” as they seek out a suspect that sexually assault a Dragon Con attendee this past Saturday night. There’s a $2,000 reward out for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect, but for fans it’s seems there’s something more at stake: principle.
According to 11Alive news, “Atlanta police are searching for a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman attending the DragonCon convention over the weekend.” The man in question said he was “Gary from Marietta” and was spotted wearing an FBI cap, which may not stand for Federal Bureau of Investigations. Sometime in the early morning on Sunday, “Gary” led the victim away from the event when she started not feeling well, and assaulted her between 3 am and 5 am near the mall at Peachtree Center.
Anyone, with any information on the assault, was asked to call Atlanta Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) and a $2,000 reward was offered. Meanwhile, on social media, fans posted to the Atlanta and Dragon Con subreddits what insights and information they had including tips on where he might have been staying and where he might have worked or is currently working.
WSBTV has since reported that Atlanta police have been “flooded” with information regarding the case. “Channel 2’s Matt Johnson talked to a police lieutenant who tells him the suspect needs to be formally identified by the victim before they can go any further in identifying him and making an arrest,” they said.
Meanwhile, Dragon Con released a statement on the matter:
Dragon Con is proud to offer a safe and inclusive convention for its members that is free of harassment or assault of any kind. We work with the Atlanta Police Department all year to develop and install procedures to prevent issues such as these. If and when they occur, we insure they are handled by the appropriate authorities. APD is on site throughout the convention.
As a matter of policy, Dragon Con does not comment on any specific incident. All questions should be directed to APD.
Fans are hoping that the incident won’t dampen enthusiasm for what is one of the major cons of the year, and in many ways a family event. Gladly, these kinds of incidents are the exception rather than rule, but predators are always on the look out for prey no matter what the circumstance, and hopefully the Atlanta police are able to make an arrest and bring this person to justice soon.
If you were at Dragon Con and have any information, please reach out to the Atlanta Police Department at 404-614-6544, or Atlanta Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477).
Source: Bleeding Cool
Category: Nerd Culture