This past Sunday, I experienced harassment, something I never expected to experience in this community. I was openly insulted by a THL member with insults involving my gender, to which people continued to say, “calm down and stop talking about it.” Some also encouraged the behavior. When I removed myself from the situation, I was DM’ed repeatedly by a person in the THL Discord. After I blocked this person, I received a DM later from another random account continuing to instigate. I felt incredibly hurt and ashamed. I was being publicly targeted in a community that I thought was a safe space. What made it worse, though, was that while I was being targeted a discord call was going on in the Tap Last server, which included members of their team as well as other THL members. This is unsettling for me. Not only am I being attacked, but the person targeting me is in a call with people, including the person who made the sexist comment. While there is no way for me to know the topics discussed, I’m sure whoever is reading this now can understand how demeaned and hurt I felt to discover this. People who I considered my friends were in that call.
I was hoping for some sort of consequences for those who sent the DMs, those who made comments, and those who were in the call. I feel I am justified in that. The board did a great job immediately banning the person who was DMing me over and over again, for which I am grateful. It’s been brought to my attention that the person who made the sexist comment towards me is getting a DQ for this week. I was also told that it is hard to pinpoint what exactly occurred in the call, so there isn’t any consequence for those in the call.
I am speaking for myself and no one else when I say that I am beyond disappointed in those in the call. I am disappointed in those who encouraged the behavior that was brought onto me. I am disappointed by those who continued to try to justify their behavior in the aftermath. No person deserves to be treated that way. As a woman and as a person, I do not feel safe in THL anymore. The trust is broken, and because of that I will not be returning. I’m hurt that nothing is happening to those in the call, and, to make it clear, I am aware of the names of all those in the call. I feel degraded and am still recovering from the pain I felt Sunday. For many seasons I chose to be an outspoken, active female member of THL. I regret that decision.
I’m sorry to my friends who I will not be playing each week and who I will not be able to chat with in the Discord. If you do want to keep in contact, you can reach out to me on Twitter, Discord, or Battlenet. I’d love to hear from you. Thank you to those who made THL worth it the past 5 seasons.