The Swashbuckler's Ball X
Harassment Policy

Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated at The Swashbuckler’s Ball. This policy applies to all attendees, guests, volunteers, security, and staff.


Harassment is generally defined as unwanted behavior that creates an intimidating, offensive, and/or hostile environment for the person being targeted. It can be physical or psychological. If someone tells you that your comments or behavior are unwelcome, you need to stop immediately. If that person tells you to leave them alone, you need to cease contact. It doesn't matter if you don't think your behavior was harassing; harassment is defined by the victim.

Examples of harassment include, but are not limited to:

The Swashbuckler’s Ball is an adult-only costume event and benefit concert. All attendees, volunteers, and staff are strongly encouraged to wear a pirate-themed costume. You will therefore encounter most people in costume, which does not give you consent to photograph or touch them without their permission. Remember that underneath the costume and make-up is a real person; they are not the character they are portraying and you do not have the right to treat them as you would either a historical or fictional character.

Excessively loud noises/music and disruptive behavior is prohibited unless noted otherwise. Please refrain from screaming, blasting music, or using noisemakers such as vuvuzelas and air horns, especially in hallways.


Costumes must cover any area usually hidden by a bathing suit (genitalia, buttocks, nipples unless otherwise specified). Nudity is not appropriate for this event. Flashing/mooning other people is considered harassment and will not be tolerated.

Any clothing, signs, props, or other materials containing explicit content must NOT be visible inside our event space. Any merchants selling work with explicit content must have it out of view. Customers must then keep the purchase in a pocket, bag, or case that does not allow it to be seen by other attendees.


Please report any incidents of harassment as soon as possible. We take all reports very seriously, regardless of who is involved. You can report harassment even if you are not directly involved, and no retaliation for filing a report will be tolerated.

Harassment by any individual (attendees, guests, volunteers, security, or staff) should be reported to one of our onsite Guest Relations Directors, JD Dietz (aka Thaddeus MacGuinness) or Meri Bauder (aka Sasha Drax Cross). If you are not comfortable reporting to Guest Relations, you can report to our Director, Dan Clark (aka Redgoat) at


Any violations of our harassment policy will result in immediate penalties dependent upon the severity of the action. Such penalties include:

This policy was derived from the COSPLAYER SURVIVOR SUPPORT NETWORK template found at:

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