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    Default Personal safety guidelines for a cosplayer from attracting unwanted attention

    Due to the recent chains of events, I'll like to update this thread to improve the Guidelines here, that's because the main factor is to protect personal safety a cosplayers male or female and that the issue no longer lingers only at HJJ photographers but at the whole community and the public itself.

    'Molester on the loose' in local cosplay community

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    Since cosplay is gaining an increasing interest from the public, and due to the growing fanbase for the sub-japanese culture, naturally the number of the cosplayers, photographers and fans have increased as well. And we cannot stop anyone from taking up cosplay or photography as a hobby.

    The main concern in this thread is about Hentai jiji (HJJ) - (perverts), whether is it a random person from the public, cosplayer, photog, fanboy/fangirl. As long as there are people, we know that these people do exist in the society.

    However, we can’t stop anyone from owning a camera or from taking pictures of the colourful costumes that we cosplayers wear during a cosplay event or shoot.

    It is common to have close interactions among cosplayers within the same series or a series that they might like. And sometimes contacts are exchanged too because both parties are interested in the same series.

    And neither can we too can't stop fans or the public from approaching you for photos.

    Since these some of these events are unavoidable, we can only increase the awareness among cosplayers ourselves and take the necessary precaution if anything unpleasant turns up.

    Moreover, as members of a general public, we can’t force HJJs to submit their cameras, track down and blacklist every HJJ around or create vigilante group to stop such people. This is because we represent the cosplay community here in Singapore so it won’t be a good idea that we are innocently labeled as a bunch of unreasonable kids/punks/hooligans for an irresponsible action such as this. And further more, bringing down the impression of the public's view on cosplayers.

    Thus through this thread…

    We can increase the awareness of the cosplayer so that future tragedies or undesirable attention could be avoided in future events or shoots.

    We (cosplayers) can prevent ourselves from becoming preys, if we can increase our own awareness on how to avoid ourselves from becoming potential targets for the predators (HJJ).

    Well… since this is a guideline thread, contributions to this guideline will be most welcomed.

    However, please think carefully before you post anything.

    Before we can start off here’s a few guidelines for posting on this thread:

    - No flaming sessions here
    - No posting of pics of HJJ (this is a guideline thread not a blacklist thread)
    - No cursing and swearing (it’s not a complaint thread)
    - Don’t start a vigilante group here

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    So first to start it off with…

    The Golden Rules:

    No.1: Cosplayers have the rights to accept or reject having their photos/videos taken from anyone.

    No.2: Photoshoots - Cosplayers have the Right to Request Photos be taken and have the right not to have them modified without permission. Events photos - If you are tagged on facebook for photo and you don't feel comfortable with it, politely request to have the Photo be taken down.

    No. 3: Cosplayers have the rights to turn down any bodily contacts from anyone, may it be a simple touch, hug or a arm around your shoulder, turn them down politely. It's your body and your responsibility to protect it.

    No. 4: Think before you pose for a photo. Sometimes it might just be a simple action that may lead to an unwanted consequence. (eg. bending towards photographer and accidentally revealing your cleavage line unintentionally.)



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    3 keys to handle a situation:

    Be Polite, Firm and Calm.
    *A calm mind will help solve more problems.


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    During events:

    1) Please be Aware & Alert of your surrounding when attending the event.

    **2) When you know that you are wearing something short or revealing, please take every caution when you want to pose, sit or relax. Act properly and behave decently, sometimes it's the signals and body language that might trigger an undesirable consequence. Take responsibility for your actions.

    3) The buddy system. Bring a friend with you when attending such events. They can help keep an eye out for you.

    4) It’s good to know more people but be wary of photographers/people that comes to tell you that he/she is from some modeling company. Do not give in your personal contact details (hp. No. and address)… you may not know if these people are really honest or anything. So don’t fall into traps like these, even if the person is good looking or well dressed.

    5) If you know that you are being stalked and feel uncomfortable about it. Look for a friend (preferably a group) immediately and try to lose the stalker or covering yourself with shirt/jacket to show that you don't want to be taken (it did worked for a friend of mine but if u dun want to mess up any part of your costume take the alternative method of sticking with your friends throughout the event). And if you still can't lose the stalker and still feel uncomfortable about it, approach the security personnel and inform them about this matter.

    6) If you know that your friend is being stalked. Approach you friend and quietly inform him/her that there a stalker and ask him/her if they are okay or need to take a break somewhere else.

    7) Bring a jacket if convenient. The jacket can be your best friend, you can cover yourself with it and this will act as a visual sign to tell others that you are taking a break and that you do not wish to be disturbed. However, if the anyone still wants to have your pictures taken you can turn it down politely and excuse yourself.

    8) May it be a cosplayer, a fan, photographer or a member of the public be wary of the person if he or she decides to get friendly and touchy with you. And if you feel really uncomfortable with it, turn them down politely and excuse yourself, if they persist approach the nearest security personnel around.


    For Photoshoots:

    1) Please be Aware & Alert of your surrounding when attending the shoot.

    2) The buddy system. Bring a friend or a group with you when attending solo shoots. They can help keep an eye out for you. Make sure your friend(s) stays throughout the shoot.

    3) Do not attend the shoots if you do not know the photographer well enough.

    4) If you feel uncomfortable with the pose the photog requested please reject it. If the photog is still persistent in a negative way, if you can, politely excuse yourself from the shoot or end the shoot and leave with your friend(s). (refer to golden rule)

    5) You have the rights to reject invitations of shoots from unknown photographers/cosplayers if you do not feel comfortable about it.

    6) Bring a jacket if convenient. The jacket can be your best friend again, after the entire shoot you can just wear it over your costume and go home. If your costume is elaborate you can consider a change of clothes.

    7) When working on a shoot with another cosplayer be wary if he or she decides to get more than friendly and touchy with you. And if you feel really uncomfortable with it, turn him or her down politely and make sure he or she understands and backs down. You can politely request for the photos to be deleted if you are uncomfortable with it. It's important to have mutual respect among cosplayers when working with each other.
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    good guide.. kiwi...


    advise to admin: if possible, put it in sticky..

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    Quote Originally Posted by khaikhai View Post
    advise to admin: if possible, put it in sticky..
    second that!
    "A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction." Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)

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    Quote Originally Posted by khaikhai View Post
    good guide.. kiwi...


    advise to admin: if possible, put it in sticky..
    third that

    2 tumbs up~


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    thx I look forward to more contributions to this thread =)

    a few more brains put together are better than 1~
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    Good thread Kiwiwi!

    One more thing for private shoots:
    1) Try to be familiar with the surroundings. When in doubt, check out the place with your friends first.
    2) Try to get photos of the place from photographers.
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    Spent too much on camera stuff so have to cosplay as photographer liao.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KiWiWiChan View Post
    5) If you know that you are being stalked. Look for a friend immediately and try to lose the stalker by going to the toilet or covering yourself with shirt to show that you don't want to be taken (it did worked for a friend of mine but if u dun want to mess up any part of your costume take the alternative method of excusing yourself to the toilet). And if you still can't lose the stalker and feel uncomfortable about it, approach the security and inform them about this matter.
    Actually, under the circumstances of being stalked or harrassed or if you feel that you're being followed, DO NOT go to the toilet alone. DO NOT leave the event just yet, instead stay in an area where there are people around, and seek out a group of friends. The best thing to do is to call a family member to take you home if you feel really uncomfortable.


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    Thumbs up for sticky.

    Just some thoughts;
    - it will not be easy to seeve out Hentai Jiji (HJJ) trying to get a 'cheap shot', and an innocent photog who is trying to capture the cosplayer.
    Thus, its prudent for Cosplayers to be responsible for thier own safety, and also responsible for fellow cosplayers' safty, as pointed out by thread starter.

    If u noe its revealing, pls watch how u stand/walk/sit/pose.
    If u see some one else's costume 'falling apart' and the cosplayer is oblivious about it, PLS go up and let him/her know DISCREETLY.

    - we will also want to prevent a 'vigilante' attitude. It might spark into can uncalled for mob-justice scenario. Things will go out of hand. Victim might end up being the perpertator if he/she takes the law into his/her own hands.

    We do have the right to approach photogs who has taken your photo, and request them to delete it on spot. Of course, its just a request, which the photog can reject.
    But if u strongly believe that the 'shot' he took was deliberately to outrage your modesty, you can alert the authoroties, and a proper investigation can be put up.

    Scenario #1:
    Photos is taking photos of cosplayer, while cosplayer is posing. However, some part of her costume fails to cover her modesty (assuming the cosplayer did not intentionally left her modesty exposed for the shot), and photog snaps away.
    in this sceneario, its hard to prove his intention. Especially so if there were a grp of photogs (all unrelated to each other)

    Scenarios #2:
    Photog is under a flight of stairs, pointing his camera under cosplayer's skirt.
    Its not a common way to take photos, and the cosplayer was not posing for him at that angle. This can constitute to outrage of modesty.


    I like the golden rule Thread starter had postes:
    You have every right to walk away and refuse to have your photo taken by any photog.
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    Hi, am curious about the HJJ phenomenon. Is it something that's growing in the Singapore cosplay scene lately?

    I did notice that there are more and more photographers at cosplay events and some of them do look dubious when they try to ask cosplayers to pose in strange positions lah...


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    i feel that if you happen to meet a stalker/ harrass-er it's best to stick to a friend or a group of friends. this way you're telling the person to back off. if you 'run' into the toilet it might mean that you're actually afraid of them and the stalking would not stop, but continue. in this case, it's best to inform the security. or in worst case scenarios, go to an open area where there are lots of other ppl and loudly ask the stalker what he wants. under the eyes of so many, im sure he'll give up the chase. (:

    im a follower of walkerism

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    Ya


    as you know...

    as the number of cosplays events passed... there were an increase in photograghers... there also in the increase of photograpghers....

    BUT something never changed....

    the number of photograpghers who were from sgcafe were not changed...


    I remember there were a group of photograpghers stalking at sailormoon team...



    BTW, good work, Kiwi... your day effort is not wasted XD.....

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    Good initiative, KiWiWiChan! Yes, this should be made a sticky.

    Sharing a thread abt this topic I started some time back: http://forums.sgcafe.com/showthread.php?t=47604

    I think the single most sensible advice to all cosplayers here is not to go on one on one photoshoot with people you do not know well i.e. strangers. Its always safer to bring along a buddy (a guy friend preferably whom you know and trust), or go in a bigger group. Just normal common sense really.

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    thanks to all who had contributed with your valuable points ^^

    .:静か:.> ok point taken will re-edit it thanks for the mention.
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    Gah, these people give photographers a bad name. =(


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    I have to raise a point. Overseas in countries like Japan, Cosplayers a plenty daring and more sexual poses are extremely common over there. Photographerss over there asking for super daring poses are absolutely not suprising.

    Scenario.
    A Photographer from Japan decides to take a trip to our little Singapore. Hearing of a Cosplay event, he decides to drop by. Without knowing that we aren't really that receptive of such shots, at least not in a long while, he snaps away.

    Can we blame him for taking such shots and label him as a HJJ?

    I'm not defending HJJs in any way. Just raising a point that should deserve the be thought about.
    How do we define Hentai Ji Jis?


    Good Thread Kiwi,
    This needs a sticky.
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