Earlier today, we ran a story that was in line with our previous reporting on sexual harassers in comics. However, we messed up. We appreciate our community for holding us accountable. In running this story, we disrespected the victim’s autonomy and contributed to the problem, rather than mitigating it.
The Beat deeply regrets causing more pain to any victim of abuse or harassment. We acknowledge that our approach to this piece was deeply flawed, especially as we gave space to the alleged abuser to further their narrative without taking that narrative to task. We ultimately centered their side of the story and upheld a system that protects abusers. We did not not employ an ethic of care in our reporting, when that should have been our utmost measure of responsibility.
We remain committed to believing victims and to outing harassment when it is necessary and appropriate. We will continue to report on industry issues and will strive to be more mindful of the needs of the victims.
– The Editors