Comic shop employee claims she got fired for calling out its 'rape room'

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"I told Larry I was a rape survivor. He still refused to address the issue."

A woman in Salem, Mass., is claiming to have been fired from a local comics shop after she confronted the owner about employees calling a storage room the "rape room."

Jennifer Williams detailed in a short series of tweets Tuesday night that she had been fired shortly after talking to the owner of Harrison's Comics and Pop Culture Shop about her concerns.

Williams, who is a horror and fantasy writer, added that she had long been a comic book fan and had aspirations of becoming a writer:

When asked, Williams clarified what she thought "the rape room" was:

Williams' tweets gathered attention from around the geek Twittersphere. She elaborated further that she felt the owner had blown off her concerns:

Harrison's has three locations in New England—a store and warehouse in Massachusetts and another in New Hampshire. Though the comics shop could not be reached for comment at press time, a representative of the store did take to Twitter.

Williams responded, as did some of her supporters:

Williams claimed that she had tweeted about the existence of the "rape room" before she was fired, but the Daily Dot could not locate these tweets. It was not clear how long Williams worked for Harrison's, or what other factors contributed to the firing.

Additionally, it wasn't clear whether multiple employees were involved in dubbing the storage room a "rape room." Williams claimed that the man who had "joked" about the issue followed her on Twitter:

Though details were sketchy, Williams' alleged experiences echoed those of many women who have found themselves ostracized when dealing with real-life comics shops. In 2012 comic artist Kate Leth described her negative experiences trying to buy comics in local stores, and last year comic artist Noelle Stevenson opened up about her own discomfort in real-life comics spaces.

Williams stated earlier today that she had given a statement to police about the incident.

Photo via Harrison's Comics

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