AG’s Office to Provide a 24/7 Hotline for Harassment Complaints During the September 6-8 FanX 2018 Event
SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In a move that underscores the increasing efforts of FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention™ (https://fanxsaltlake.com/) to make its Universal Zero Tolerance Harassment Policy as strong and effective as possible, FanX has entered a partnership with the Utah Attorney General’s Office, which will serve as the front line of support via a 24/7 harassment hotline during the FanX 2018 conference, September 6-8.
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has confirmed the AG’s office will staff the dedicated hotline for participants to use in reporting violations of the event’s harassment policy directly to the AG’s office, which will facilitate immediate investigative help. The FanX partnership mirrors a similar effort by the Attorney General to support the 2018 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The AG’s office and FanX are unified in sending a strong message to participants, volunteers, and guests that the FanX organization does not tolerate any instance of bullying, abuse, assault, or harassment of any kind.
Said Co-founders Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg, who helped to establish the partnership with the Utah AG, “We are extremely pleased to take our protection for event participants to an even higher level at this year’s event, thanks to the support of the Utah Attorney General’s office. Our goal is to lead the fan convention industry with the most progressive and effective solutions to keep our family-friendly convention as safe as possible.”
During the event, the AG will provide a 24-hour live hotline where attendees, volunteers, guests, or participants of any kind can call if they are involved in or witness occurrences that violate the Universal Zero Tolerance Harassment Policy. Extensive training with volunteers will be implemented to ensure that any incidents will be acted upon quickly and effectively.
In related news, FanX announced today that it will be providing training and related testing for all 2018 event volunteers with the help of UCASA (Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault), the Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and other harassment and sensitivity experts.
FanX also recently created its new Community Council, which will support the organization in its continued effort to prevent harassment at its events and interfaces with the League of Utah Volunteers (L.U.V.), allowing these new initiatives to influence many additional events throughout Utah in addition to FanX. FanX will be announcing founding committee members and additional details about the Council’s mission, organizational structure, and operational process next week.
Anyone who would like to apply for the Community Council is invited to send a resume and brief statement of interest to [email protected]. This address may also be used to provide input on any related topics.
FanX 2018 is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated conventions of the year with celebrity attendees including Ian McDiarmid,Rainn Wilson, Dick Van Dyke, David Tennant, Evangeline Lilly, Karl Urban, Lucy Lawless, Renee O’Connor, Tim Curry, Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Karl Urban, Chuck Norris, Brent Spiner, Jennifer Morrison, Tricia Helfer, Jason David Frank, Kevin Sorbo, Paige O’Hara and Robby Benson, Paul Reubens, Gaten Matarazzo, Amy Jo Johnson, Steven Ogg, Barry Bostwick, John Wesley Shipp, Vic Mignogna, and Mark Sheppard. In addition to these special guests, FanX® 2018 will also feature more than 400 hours of panels, photo ops, autographs, vendors, artists, best-selling authors, and more, with many additional guest and show announcements anticipated between now and September.