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Re: Comic Book Industry Reckons With Abuse Claims
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2020, 09:04:04 am »
From the article:

Fifteen years earlier, [Taki] Soma, a Hugo-nominated comic book writer and artist, reported to police that she was sexually assaulted by Charles Brownstein, executive director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit whose advisory board includes such industry heavyweights as Sandman writer Neil Gaiman, Sin City creator Frank Miller and DC publisher Jim Lee.

The details of the alleged 2005 assault at an Ohio convention had been publicly available online for years, and Brownstein, who called the evening in which he groped Soma "a stupid, drunken prank" in 2006, had remained at his job, where he led the organization in advocating for First Amendment rights for comics creators.

That changed June 22nd, with the executive resigning following a renewed focus on alleged abuses within the comics industry.

"It felt incredible but also enraging because it should have happened 15 years ago," says Soma, who believes she lost out on work after speaking up.