|Sena from Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai,|
There are many strategies to deal with creepers, many of them require some common sense so that it doesn’t escalate into something further like full-on stalking:
- Don’t have them as friends on facebook – This is obvious, if they are creeping you out don’t add them as a friend. As a rule of thumb, don’t add someone on facebook unless you actually met them face to face and talked to them for more than 10 seconds.
- Don’t be by yourself in a convention, go to a con with friends – The easiest thing to do to a creeper is to tell them that you have to hang out with friends or that your friends are waiting for you.
- Notify staff and con security if it escalates – If a creeper is bothering you and it is starting to escalate, notify convention staff so that your convention experience will not be compromised further.
- Be honest and tell the person that they are creeping you out – If someone is a creeper; it is likely that they are not a crazy sexual predator, but they do have issues socializing. If you tell them that they are a creeper, at least they can try to stop being one. The first step for improvement is to know that you have an issue that needs to be dealt with.
- Learn self-defense – If a creeper is stalking you, do not be afraid to protect yourself.
- Do not give personal information – Never give your personal phone number, address, or even your real name to a creeper so that they turn from a creeper to a full-blown stalker that can ruin your life.
- Don’t be afraid to say no – Saying no always helps, it may be hard at first, but if you feel uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to say that simple two letter word.
- Ask them what they are going to do with pictures of you – If you are a cosplayer and your creeper is a photographer, do not be afraid to ask them what they are going to do with your photo. A warning sign is that they do not have a website and that they are not willing to share the photos they took of you.
Creepers in general are not bad people; they make you uncomfortable because they are not in their traditional modes of safety. Since they are not in what are traditional boundaries of comfort, they act in ways that may create a negative social image. A creeper may likely be unaware of the fact that they make other people uncomfortable. In the instance that you have to interact with creepers, you must use common sense when dealing with them. The hardest thing is when you may be a creeper yourself; taking steps is difficult and takes practice. I hope you guys enjoyed this short article.