kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)
[personal profile] kate_nepveu
Content note: rape, stalking.

Dear Arisia Member Services and Programming:

Effective immediately, please remove me from the org chart as Tiptree Bake Sale staff and from programming as a participant. I will not be attending Arisia until Noel Rosenberg is removed as President of Arisia, Inc. and Division Head of Operations, and is banned from the convention.

Crystal Huff reports that Rosenberg raped her and stalked her; that Arisia staff has been aware of this for years; that Rosenberg has been banned from at least three other events because of his behavior toward her, and additionally has been asked to only attend WisCon when she is not present; and that in April 2018, Arisia's Incident Review Team interviewed her, and two members of the Team stated that they found her credible.

Nevertheless, in September 2018, minutes before the Arisia corporate elections meeting, Huff received the following decision: "Due to the complexity of the situation the Executive Board has decided to request that the two parties stay away from each other at all Arisia events and is taking no further action on this [report]."

This decision, and the other failures of Arisia's process as detailed in Huff's post, makes Arisia an unsafe convention—particularly in light of the leadership positions held by Rosenberg.

I have valued my time at Arisia and am sorry that I cannot attend.

Very truly yours,

Kate Nepveu

Date: 2018-10-26 12:41 am (UTC)
minoanmiss: Minoan lady watching the Thera eruption (Lady and Eruption)
From: [personal profile] minoanmiss
Oh my goodness this is awful. Thank you for posting about this.

Date: 2018-10-26 01:03 am (UTC)
gingicat: woman in a green dress and cloak holding a rose, looking up at snow falling down on her (Default)
From: [personal profile] gingicat
Please extend my sympathies to Crystal.

As a former Arisia staff member (1998-00), I feel both clueless and somehow complicit. How could I not have known?

Date: 2018-10-26 01:09 am (UTC)
julian: Picture of the sign for Julian Street. (Default)
From: [personal profile] julian
Ah... huh. Used to like Arisia...

Thank you for linking to this, and thank you for your actions.

Date: 2018-10-26 01:11 am (UTC)
thnidu: closeup of the screaming head from Munch's "The Scream" (scream)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Jeezus H. MFin' Christ, this is absolutely godsawful!

Date: 2018-10-26 02:01 am (UTC)
sovay: (Rotwang)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Thank you for conveying the news; this is the first I saw of it. I will be writing my own letter to Arisia.

Otherwise this is awful.

Date: 2018-10-26 04:56 am (UTC)
ironed_orchid: a raise fist with a axe blade on the wrist (axe/fist)
From: [personal profile] ironed_orchid
Oh hell. I'm so angry on Crystal Huff's behalf.

Date: 2018-10-26 01:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sdelmonte
This is awful.

And I think this should be circulated as widely as possible until the concomm shows it can be trusted, or is replaced.

Date: 2018-10-29 01:43 pm (UTC)
james_davis_nicoll: (Default)
From: [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
I wonder why WisCon allows him to attend at all?

Date: 2018-10-29 02:45 pm (UTC)
james_davis_nicoll: (Default)
From: [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
Well, except how often does it turn out the problem person is only an issue wrt one target?

Date: 2018-10-31 07:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] drwex
Thank you for writing this, and for all your work for Arisia and the Bake Sale.

Noel is gone as President and banned from the convention. In addition the governing EBoard has resigned. There will be new leadership at Arisia, Inc.

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