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May 2018

Mental Health Awareness Month


Body Dysmorphic Disorder by Fractali
When your reflection looks like it's in a funhouse mirror. (Published 05/16/18)

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April 2018

Sexual Assault Awareness Month
For this month, we've invited people in the community to share their own stories - from uncomfortable harassment to harrowing tales of assault. Some information has been redacted to protect anonymity, but these are their stories and their words, as told to CSSN staff.


Our Voices & Stories: A by A
As soon as I made it down to the bottom of the steps I heard him calling for me. (Published 04/30/18)

Our Voices & Stories: A by A
I've had people who call the character that I'm cosplaying as as "their waifu". (Published 04/27/18)

Our Voices & Stories: Anonymous by Anonymous
I worked a certain convention for a really long time. (Published 04/25/18)

Our Voices & Stories: Nekoyasha by Nekoyasha
I started to do my pose and I saw his demeanor change. (Published 04/21/18)

Our Voices & Stories: E by E
I was in frustrated tears and the other guys were laughing. (Published 04/20/18)

Our Voices & Stories: Anonymous by Anonymous
When we got to the hotel, I was awestruck. (Published 04/20/18)

Our Voices & Stories: E by E
I lost count of how many times this happened. (Published 04/19/18)

Our Voices & Stories: Anonymous by Anonymous
I had no idea what I was doing. I didn't want to be there. (Published 04/19/18)

Our Voices & Stories: H by H
I wasn't wearing a costume. (Published 04/18/18)

Our Voices & Stories: E by E
While I don't want to ask anyone to walk on eggshells around me, it feels like a huge betrayal. (Published 04/18/18)

Our Voices & Stories: Anonymous by Anonymous
He said ALL HIS lady friends let him do it. (Published 04/16/18)

Our Voices & Stories: Ellie by Ellie
This would become my abusive ex. (Published 04/15/18)

Our Voices & Stories: Anonymous by Anonymous
I was dating a guy who is a well know locally based prop maker and cosplayer. (Published 04/14/18)

Our Voices & Stories: Anonymous by Anonymous
I thought he was cute so I was more inclined to say hi. (Published 04/13/18)

Sorairo-Days Shares Her Story About Harassment by Trickssi & Sorairo-Days
An interview with Sorairo-Days about recent online harassment. (Published 04/11/18)

Our Voices & Stories: B by B
I was introduced to this guy. I shook his hand, and he looked so offended. (Published 04/11/18)

Our Voices & Stories: Anonymous by Anonymous
I was sitting in a circle on the floor when I felt someone come up behind me. (Published 04/10/18)

Our Voices & Stories: Rose of Battle Cosplay by Rose of Battle Cosplay
We noticed a group of young men across the street where we needed to cross, and got a bad feeling. (Published 04/03/18)

Can I Have a Hug? by Feytaline
I was about to head back when he asked me those infamous, cursed, convention words. (Published 04/02/18)

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March 2018


Women as the Cause and Cure of Violence by Fractali
Ever heard a joke that a violent person just "needed to get laid"? (Published 03/20/18)

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February 2018

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month by Fractali
What can happen when dating violence occurs in the cosplay community. (Published 02/27/18)

Buzzwords are Just Words, and the Cosplayer is Not Content by Trickssi
"Cosplay Is Not Consent" didn't help me. (Published 02/08/18)

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January 2018

National Stalking Awareness Month

National Stalking Awareness Month by Fractali
About 7.5 million Americans are stalked every year. (Published 01/23/18)

Witch Hunts by Fractali
The favorite phrase of critics of the #MeToo movement. (Published 01/16/18)

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October 2017

National Bullying Prevention Month
National Cyber Security Awareness
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Being a "Feminist" in Harvey Weinstein's World by Fractali
The problem with Mayim Bialik's op-ed for the New York Times. (Published 10/18/17)

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September 2017

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day

The Bystander Effect by Fractali
Why more witnesses to an event doesn't necessarily mean more assistance. (Published 09/22/17)

Anime Punch - edited by CSSN Staff
The perfect example of a "missing stair" in the anime community. (Published 09/20/17)

National Campus Safety Awareness Month by Fractali
Victim blaming & the myth of rampant false rape allegations. (Published 09/13/17)

Convention Harassment Policies by Feytaline
After presenting a panel or speaking about harassment, we're often asked, "How can I help?" (Published 09/06/17)

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August 2017


"You Could be Lying" by Trickssi
What happens when conventions don't have sufficient anti-harassment policies. (Published 08/21/17)

"Can't Blame a Dude" by Fractali
Non-Consensual Sexting: The Hot New Way to Make Someone Really Uncomfortable. (Published 08/20/17)

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April 2017

Sexual Assault Awareness Month


Resources for Survivors by Trickssi
For the conclusion of Sexual Assault Survivor Month. (Published 04/30/17)

Moment of Silence by Trickssi
For those who are silent, or have been silenced. (Published 04/29/17)

Dezel Is Problematic by Trickssi
Rape metaphors in Tales of Zestiria. (Published 04/28/17)

Domestic Violence and Marital Rape by Trickssi
Misconceptions about the "less serious" nature of these crimes. (Published 04/27/17)

Rape Kits by Trickssi
What they are, how they're used, and why so many haven't been tested. (Published 04/26/17)

Jill "Presa" Lewin by Trickssi
Presa's journey and what it means to Trickssi. (Published 04/25/17)

It's Not Just Women by Trickssi
Survivors who don't identify as female. (Published 04/24/17)

Sexual Violence against Bisexual People by Trickssi
Aggressions against the "invisible" orientation. (Published 04/23/17)

"Legitimate" Rape by Trickssi
No, the body doesn't have a way to "shut the whole thing down". (Published 04/22/17)

Rape as Device in Media by Trickssi (04/21/17)
The portrayal of sexual assault in movies, television, etc. (Published 04/21/17)

"That Pairing is Problematic" by Trickssi (04/20/17)
Bullying and shaming in fandom. (Published 04/20/17)

Double Standards by Trickssi
Who decides what is 'classy' and what is 'shameful'? (Published 04/19/17)

"There is a Flame in My Heart..." by Trickssi
The journey of Tales of Berseria protagonist Velvet Crowe. (Published 04/18/17)

The Invisible War by Trickssi
Rape and assault in the military. (Published 04/17/17)

Thank You by Trickssi
A personal note from Trickssi. (Published 04/16/17)

The Hunting Ground: Campus Rape by Trickssi
The reality of sexual assault on college campuses. (Published 04/15/17)

School Dress Codes by Trickssi
How society tells young girls they are simply a 'distraction' to boys. (Published 04/14/17)

"Can I at Least Get a Smile?" by Trickssi
Catcalling and other elements of rape culture. (Published 04/13/17)

Elizabeth Smart by Trickssi
With a focus on society's value of virginity. (Published 04/12/17)

"Boys Will be Boys" by Trickssi
Our society continues to make excuses for men who assault and abuse. (Published 04/11/17)

Ecstatic Affect in Ballroom and My Experiences by Trickssi
A look at the culture of ballroom dancing. (Published 04/10/17)

"How You Can Reduce the Risk of Date Rape" by Trickssi
Placing blame on survivors, instead of where it belongs. (Published 04/09/17)

"It's Just a Joke!" by Trickssi
Inappropriate jokes and the effect on survivors. (Published 04/08/17)

"Grab Them By the P*ssy" by Trickssi
The now infamous tape of Donald Trump's comments. (Published 04/07/17)

Conventions/Tekko by Trickssi
Harassment at conventions. (Published 04/06/17)

The "Friend Zone" by Trickssi
The toxicity, misogyny, and objectification of this term. (Published 04/05/17)

"Survivors have scars, victims have graves." by Trickssi
Why these labels matter. (Published 04/04/17)

"We Interviewed Rapists" by Trickssi
Analysis of a deeply flawed and disturbing bit of 'advice'. (Published 04/03/17)

Triggers by Trickssi
Misuse of the word & the concept of censorship. (Published 04/02/17)

"Break His Finger" by Trickssi
Unhelpful & harmful 'tips' for preventing assault. (Published 04/01/17)